Bil Browning

Cupcakegate continues: A community reacts

Filed By Bil Browning | September 28, 2010 10:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: cupcakegate, FOX 59, gay cupcakes, Indianapolis, LGBT discrimination

I've complained about Indianapolis' lag behind a lot of other major cities in the arena of LGBT rights and the quality of the local media's reporting on our issues quite a bit. When I led the fight to pass Indy's inclusive human rights ordinance in 2005, it was an uphill battle; the ordinance had already failed previously that year and the local media didn't give much help in building support for the law.

crazycakes.jpgWhile the media is generally hit or miss in Indy (a local NBC journalist was named "Worst Reporter in the Nation" by GLAAD), the quality of the coverage around this clear-cut case of discrimination has been excellent. Last week I gave kudos to the local FOX affiliate's piece on a bakery that refused to make rainbow cupcakes for a college diversity group's National Coming Out Day celebration after the station ran a pro-gay segment, but that's been just the tip of the iceberg.

Indianapolis has really stepped forward on this one. The Mayor's office is seeking an investigation of the business for LGBT discrimination under the ordinance we passed and a radio station is holding their "First Annual Gay Cupcake Party" this Friday - with rainbow cupcakes available for everyone. Contributors Peter Monn & Alex Parades do a regular "Sexy List" for the station and this week they wanted me to encourage Projectors to finish this statement: "Gay cupcakes are sexy because..." They'll use the best answers on the air.

FOX59's latest report on the growing controversy - and the city's reaction - is after the jump. For once, I'm proud to say I'm from Indianapolis.


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I'm so glad they're doing something about this - go Indianapolis! Everyone deserves to have equal opportunity cupcakes. I wish I could make it to the First Annual Gay Cupcake Party!

Gay cupcakes are NOT gay because the CHOSE to be!

They were BAKED that way - it's not a LIFESTYLE.


Well, this bruhaha is turning into something rather entertaining!

I anxiously await the right-wing counter-reactions, which in the Bible Belt are inevitable, such as cupcakes being labeled in the neighborhood Kroger's as "family-friendly" and the formation of community college student groups such as Monochrome Cupcakes for Christ.

Peter Monn and Alex Paredes Peter Monn and Alex Paredes | September 29, 2010 9:13 AM

Thanks for all of the support...Anyone interested in helping out, send your responses to "Gay cupcakes are sexy because..." to us at or on our Facebook fan page at raannt. Our intent by asking this question is to show the ridiculous nature which this discrimination began and every response shows support of these kids so please pass this on to as many people as possible so we can show them how many people really care and relate! Thanks...Peter and Alex, the boys of raannt

Dave in Cambridge | September 30, 2010 2:02 AM

Let me see if I understand this -- Just Cookies owner David Stockton is afraid that if his bakers put rainbow icing on a batch of cupcakes, his two impressionable daughters will turn into gay men?

Magic cupcakes????