A woman in Windsor, Ontario told CBC News she was shocked when a dessert shop would not make her a cake with a picture of a famous Canadian drag queen - CBC News reports.
Brittany Leroux ordered the cake from T-Bear's Creamery on Thursday, June 10, for her partner John. He is a big fan of Jimbo, a drag queen who became well-known in the first season of Canada's drag race.
The employee Leroux ordered from said they didn't know what a drag queen is. When she explained that it is a man who performs wearing women's clothing, her request was denied.
"I was shocked," said Leroux.
The cake was for her partner's birthday, also celebrating that he is a new dad.
"As a new mom and new parents, we want to try to teach our daughter acceptance and understanding," she explained.
Later on, she called T-Bear's Creamery back to talk to the manager, but she said the response was disturbing.
"He started trying to compare drag queens to pedophiles. I was like, 'these are human beings. These are not criminals.'"
CBC News reached out to the owner of the dessert shop for comment, Don Moore. He said he has apologized to all customers who called in to complain about the situation.
"I got so many emails last night from the community that I'm not sure who the original person was because it was on the phone. So I don't really know who they were," said Moore. "But we've got, we've already covered that off, and we've moved on, and we just dealt with it and, and we're good."
When asked by CBC, Moore would not show them a copy of the apology.
"I'm now understanding a lot more why Windsor does not have an LGBTQ scene, or if something does pop up, it's short-lived and ends up getting shut down because of either non-support or destruction of property," said Liam Ingram, a drag queen based in Windsor.
Ingram first heard about what happened on social media after Leroux posted it.
"I was flabbergasted," said Ingram, noting that businesses should be allowed to operate how they want, but it's unfair to hurt other people in the process.
"This woman, I'm just assuming, she could be a person of the LGBTQ community," he said. "But even if she was an ally, that's still a person in our community. And you just stepped on her."
Moore told CBC he gets along with the LGBTQ community and even has employed LGBTQ people in the past.
"This has never been an issue," he said. "If we're misunderstood, I guess we're just misunderstood."
Leroux said she has never seen the apology Moore sent out to customers in regards to this situation.