Anti-LGBTQ Baker Sends Cake to A&PI Wellness Center

  • Cake sent by Sweet Cakes by Melissa with anti-LGBT DVD

Remember Sweet Cakes by Melissa, the Oregon bakery that refused to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple in 2013 and was later fined $135,000 in damages, for (among other things) publishing the couple’s home address on Facebook?

Well, they sent us a cake.

We’ve been a little busy, so we were surprised to find we were listed as one of ten West Coast LGBTQ organizations that would be receiving special “we really do love you!” cakes from owners Aaron and Melissa Klein.

It’s all part of a PR campaign to demonstrate that the Kleins only discriminate because they love us. To prove their point, the care package arrived with a DVD of Audacity, an anti-LGBTQ film created by televangelist Ray Comfort (we won’t link to the official site, but here’s a review for the curious among you). Comfort has plans to further promote his film in San Francisco by flying a rainbow-colored #LoveWins banner over our skies for two days.

There are many kinds of love—unconditional, healing, romantic, platonic—but the version the Kleins are displaying (eg: “we love you so we have to change you”) is the kind that leads to homelessness and suicide for so many of our youth (40% of homeless youth are LGBTQ and they are more likely than straight youth to attempt suicide). It’s the kind of love that creates a pervasive environment of violence for the transgender community (already, twenty known murders of transgender women of color have occurred this year). These conditional and controlling acts in the name of love make our work to nurture lives and carve out safe community spaces not just necessary, but urgent. Comprehensive health care doesn’t happen in a vacuum; we must also fight racism, sexism, transphobia, and homophobia to transform the lives of the people we serve.

Now, we enjoy sugary treats as much as anyone (and we’re flattered to be in the company of nine other LGBTQ rock star organizations), but this cake comes with a lot of extra, empty calories. The Kleins seem to think that LGBTQ folks need their love and validation, but really, we just want public businesses to stop discriminating against us. This isn’t about individual religious freedom (and there are many Christian denominations that are accepting of LGBTQ people) or even about marriage equality; it’s just about equality.

So what are we going to do with the cake? We aren’t sure yet. Unfortunately, it was a little worse for wear when it arrived but we’ve discussed auctioning it off and using the proceeds to fund our hot meal programs or converting it to a pro-LGBTQ cake and sharing it with our clients and local partner organizations. We’ll let you know if we’re able to have our cake and eat it too.

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13 Replies to "Anti-LGBTQ Baker Sends Cake to A&PI Wellness Center"

  • Fifi
    August 25, 2015 (1:56 am)

    Yes, auction it! And in the donor acknowledgement, say something like, “Cake donated by anti-LGBTQ bakers Melissa and Aaron Klein raised [$x] for [x, project].”

    • apiwellness
      August 25, 2015 (8:57 pm)

      What a great idea, Fifi! Thanks!

    • Ron
      August 25, 2015 (9:28 pm)

      Exactly what I was going to say. Make sure they receive a thank you card acknowledging their donation and the work that it is going to fund.

      • apiwellness
        August 26, 2015 (1:18 am)

        Two votes for a great idea!

    • Marty
      August 26, 2015 (6:57 pm)

      And ensure to send them a lovely and poignant thank you card indicating what was done and specifically the amount raised and what it was used. Maybe with a picture of the winner dumping the cake in the trash….but that’s just me.

  • Christina
    August 26, 2015 (6:53 pm)

    Too bad you can’t throw it in their face.

  • Casey
    August 26, 2015 (10:03 pm)

    Do y’all happen to know who are the other 9 west coast LGBT organizations??

    • apiwellness
      August 27, 2015 (5:07 pm)

      It’s in one of the linked articles above. The organizations included California LGBT Arts Alliance, Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center, Californians Against Hate, CFAC Headquarters, Equality California, Out and Equal, The South Bay LGBT Community Organization, The LGBTQ Center Long Beach, Los Angeles LGBT Center McDonald/Wright Building and LGBT of Southern Nevada.

  • stacia ohira
    August 27, 2015 (2:29 am)

    return to sender

  • D
    August 27, 2015 (8:15 am)

    Please just return to sender. It was sent with poisonous intent and could be poisoned itself. Don’t eat it. Don’t let others eat it. Or throw it away and write them a letter. Don’t keep stuff like that at the Center any longer than it has to be.

  • Nancy Selix
    August 27, 2015 (10:42 pm)

    So sad to see such pointed hatred set to a clinic and agency that is full of so much love, acceptance, and compassion. Maybe we should just pray for the Kleins and the Reverend Comfort. Clearly, they need it. I’d like to see the cake cautioned off to the highest bidder and the money used to fund tolerance programs.

    • Reina Garza
      April 13, 2016 (12:02 am)

      Miss you Doc !

  • Lynn
    October 12, 2015 (1:12 am)

    Please be sure to send them a donation receipt and send a copy to the IRS so they will have to declare it on their end at year’s end. Screw around with them using the IRS.

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