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Tasteful Cakes, Los Angeles – Featured Gay Wedding Vendor

Thursday, March 24th, 2016

Tasteful Cakes

Periodically we’ll feature one of our vendors here to let our readers know about some great people who can help you plan the perfect wedding:

When my parents, Theresa and Cornelio Escobedo, and I created Tasteful Cakes, we had many hopes in mind, but all boiled down to one idea: to take care of our family, and friends, in the long term. Our needs, and thus goals, then, are no different now: to live free, to be happy in the lives we create, to be acknowledged and seen for ourselves, and to be loved. As a gay man, I am acutely aware of how eminent these needs are and how difficult it can be to really feel them. We opened with this idea and the journey continues to be dedicated to this effort.

The way that we produce and sell our cakes and pastries follows along the same: our customers are just like us, human beings, working hard to thrive in the same world. We have worked hard to become the name in high-end desserts in Southern California and hope that this adds to the level of value our clients receive in the products.

What has changed as we have grown is that idea of taking care of our own has expanded to include our larger communities. When we first opened the doors, we had a lot of support from our closest connections, we described the feeling as it “takes a village” to raise a bakery! And that is true every single day! It takes a lot of love, support, and hard work to keep a business alive! And this village just keeps getting bigger! Thus we make it our goal to give back as much as we can pay that effort forward and make the world a little sweeter! We have made a special point to focus much of this giving on the LGBT Community, as ours is a community in need of much love and kindness from anyone who can see us as more than just rainbow wallets!

We want to create a world where we don’t settle for tolerance but see celebration of each other! We intend to see that happen one interaction, one wedding, at a time! Your wedding is a very important part of making things better for all of us! Your joy, happiness, commitment, and love are the reason for all of this work! We want your experience of planning your special day to be as wonderful as possible! To that end, we will make sure that you have a great time tasting and creating your wedding cake!

Our promise is amazing looking, however elegant or extravagant, and amazing tasting, regardless the combination of flavors! Everything we do is custom and our goal is offer our clients the best experience and most spectacular product possible, period. We deliver almost anywhere, and for the experience, we are worth the drive to taste and enjoy! Whether you get your cake from Tasteful Cakes, or another source, I sincerely hope that you have a beautiful and exciting time planning and enjoying your very special day!

Eddie Surman, Owner, Tasteful Cakes, Inc.

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Gay Friendly Wedding Vendors in Los Angeles

Pennsylvania Bakery Turns Away Lesbian Couple

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

The Cake ProsAnother wedding vendor in Pennsylvania has turned away a lesbian couple.

Towleroad.com reports:

A popular bakery in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania is making headlines after denying a wedding cake to a gay couple, WFMZ reports: Bethany and Jennifer Petrich now have to make a change of plans for a ceremony to renew their vows, WBRE reported. The women wanted to get a cake from The Cake Pros, a bakery in Schuylkill Haven. “I loved the work they did and it tasted great. It’s a hometown bakery. I wanted to support my hometown,” said Jennifer Petrich. “My mom, who is planning our wedding, called and made the appointment for us. It was okay at that time and she was open and honest and said it’s for Bethany and Jennifer.”

But the women say things took a not-so-sweet turn when Jennifer’s mom received a phone call. “They had called and said to her that they were a Christian bakery and the owner had talked to Jesus for two weeks and that because it was two females getting married she couldn’t make our cake,” said Jennifer.

It should be noted that Schuylkill County is the same county with the zombie clerk who keeps trying to singlehandedly turn back marriage equality in the state.

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Homophobic Colorado Bakery Loses Case

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

Gay Wedding CakeThe bakery in Colorado that refused to make a cake for a gay couple’s wedding lost an appeal yesterday.

LGBT Weekly reports:

Today, the Colorado Civil Rights Commission upheld administrative law judge Robert N. Spencer’s ruling that Masterpiece Bakery in suburban Denver could not turn away lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people seeking to purchase goods. Judge Spencer ruled in December of 2013 that the bakery would face fines if they continue to discriminate against customers based on their sexual orientation. The bakery owner appealed the decision to the full state Civil Rights Commission, which upheld Judge Spencer’s decision. Colorado law prohibits public accommodations, including businesses like Masterpiece Cakeshop, from refusing service to customers based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.

There’s a difference between freedom of religion and freedom of an individual for-profit business owner to discriminate.

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USA, Oregon: Bakery That Discriminated Against Lesbian Couple Closes

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

Photo by KOIN

Photo by KOIN

Remember that bakery in Oregon that refused to make a wedding cake for lesbian a couple of months ago? Well, they’re closing their storefront.

Gay Star News reports:

Sweet Cakes by Melissa owner, who had cited religious reasons for refusing to make the cake, wrote on their Facebook page over the weekend that they were converting into an ‘in home bakery.’ On their Facebook page they state: ‘We here at Sweet Cakes strongly believe that when a man and woman come together to be joined as one, it is truly one of the most special days of their lives.’

You know the religious right will be all over this one. But note that no fines had been assessed yet against the business, and that they closed of their own volition. Also note that Oregon does not yet have marriage equality. Expect these facts to get lost in the next few days.

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