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Lesbian says Virginia baker wrote homophobic message on her anniversary cake

'I have to worry about some intolerant person ruining the surprise I had planned'
Photo: Advocate.com

A woman who ordered a surprise anniversary cake for her girlfriend doesn't feel much like celebrating now.

When she picked up the cake from a bakery in Arlington, Virginia, she says she discovered a homophobic message on it instead of the words 'Happy Anniversary Lindsey! Love, Sarah.'

Sarah told her story to Advocate.com and asked that her last name not be used.

She said she had ordered a carrot cake from the bakery's catalog and asked that the balloons that were part of the design not be included.

What she got instead was a chocolate cake, the balloons still a part of the design, and a messy message written with icing which read: 'Lesbian Anniv. No Ballons.'

She says the bakery owner apologized for the messiness of the letters, but not the content.

'When it occurred to me that this was probably an intentional insult to my relationship, I was appalled at the audacity of the cake decorator or baker or whoever was responsible,' Sarah says.

'It's disappointing to know that when I want to honor the most important person in my life, I have to worry about some intolerant person ruining the surprise I had planned.'

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Is it possible that this isn't homophobia, just stupidity? Some order forms include a line to specify the occasion, and another for special instructions. Perhaps someone with poor language skills simply decorated the cake with those words instead. It could explain the sloppy writing, also.

As a gay man, I have sometimes assumed homophobia when in reality it was something much more benign. To me, "Lesbian anniv. No ballons" (sic) suggests struggles with language, not intolerance.