A Texas bakery lost business after announcing that it would be selling rainbow cookies for Pride Month — only to become inundated with support over the controversy from across the US.
Confections, which is located in Lufkin, said they had received a wave of backlash after sharing a photo of the colorful cookies on Facebook.
“Today has been hard. Really hard,” the shop wrote on Facebook on Thursday. “We lost a significant amount of followers because of a rainbow heart cookie we posted.”
“My heart is heavy. Honestly I never thought a post that literally said more love less hate would result in this kind of backlash to a very small business that is struggling to stay afloat and spread a little cheer through baked goods. So. If you love our cookies we will have an over abundance of them tomorrow. Hopefully tomorrow will be better,” the post continued.
The owners, sisters Dawn and Miranda, said that a large order for five dozen cookies that was supposed to be picked up the following day was also canceled with a “very hateful message,” news station KXAN reported.
But when word of the incident spread, they began to receive an outpouring of support — with a line of customers snaking around the corner on Friday.
“We’ve sold out. All this attention on our small business is very humbling… in the 11 years we’ve been open, we’ve never seen anything quite like this,” Dawn wrote on Facebook.
Confections also received messages from across the nation, including from Mark Cuban’s brother, Brian, who said he wanted to buy cookies to donate to LGBTQ charities and other nonprofits.
“When things slow down a bit, let us know if shipping is possible. I’d like to support you,” Cuban said, news station KYTX reported.
“If shipping isn’t possible, I’ll buy some by phone/email and you can donate my cookies to a local LGBTQ org or children’s charity.”