Walmart Refuses To Write “Gay” On Cake Celebrating Straight-Gay Prom Couple

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America has fallen in love with the story of Jacob Lescenski, the straight Nevada high-schooler who took his gay best friend, Anthony Martinez, to prom.

The best buds have been covered nationally, and even appeared on Ellenwhere they each received a $10,000 scholarship.

Related: Straight High-Schooler Invites Gay Best Friend To The Prom

But there was one sour note in the otherwise sweet story: When Anthony’s aunt Jennifer Sandoval went to order a cake for a pre-prom celebration, she was turned down by the Walmart bakery in her neighborhood.

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Sandoval had requested “You’re gay, he’s straight, you’re going to prom, you couldn’t have had a better date” in frosting—a play on the banner Jacob shared in his promprosal.

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But the bakery refused to write the word “gay.”

Sandoval, who was dumbfounded by the refusal, asked to speak to a manager.

“[The] supervisor takes my phone, looks at it, and was like stuck for a minute, and she was like, ’Okay, I’m sorry, we can’t use this’,” Sandoval told Fox 5 KVVU. “[I said,]’You’re the supervisor. Why can’t I use this? I don’t understand. It’s one word. It’s gay,'”

Rather than get into a whole thing with the bakery, Sandoval opted for  “You matter, Prom Kings” on the cake.

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Walmart claims “proper management wasn’t contacted” during the incident and that “nowhere in their store’s policy does it say the word ’gay’ can’t be written on a cake”:

The store offered to provide a cake with her requested message, but it was too late at that point.

“It wasn’t hurtful. It was to make my nephew happy, to see a smile on his face,” says Sandoval. “I love that smile, to see that smile, that’s all I wanted, and I’m disappointed. I really am.”

Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.
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