by Hannah Clay Wareham
Friday Sep 24, 2010
Popular Indianapolis bakery Just Cookies refused to fill an order placed by a student group for rainbow cupcakes to celebrate National Coming Out Day next month, citing “family values.”
A campus group from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis requested a batch of brightly colored confections to help celebrate the college’s LGBT diversity, and were turned away.
“We’re right on the cusp of being equal with anyone else, I don’t know why they would do that,” student Shan Parker told Fox59.
“They weren’t asking to petition for anything, they were just ordering cupcakes for an event,” said Rebecca Scherpelz.
“I explained we’re a family-run business, we have two young, impressionable daughters and we thought maybe it was best not to do that,” said Just Cookies co-owner David Stockton.
His wife and the store’s co-owner Lilly Stockton offered a different story, telling Fox59 that she was never told why the order was placed, just that she didn’t have enough colors to make anything rainbow.
“I just hope that what comes out of this is that there’s some dialogue and discussion on what we value in our community, how we share those values and how we interact with our community members,” said Scherpelz.
The student group ended up placing their cupcake order elsewhere. National Coming Out Day is Oct. 11.
Order some fresh baked gourmet cupcakes now at http://www.gjcookies.com