Gay NZ Couple Run Out of Business by Homophobic Neighbors

by Accidental Bear

A New Zealand couple says a local family that targeted their bakery for abuse and vandalism has driven them out of business. The couple’s car and home have also been vandalized, according to a Jan. 12 article in local newspaper the Press.

David Zelton and his life partner Kym had relocated their bakery to a new Christchurch location last summer following an earthquake. But they did not receive a friendly welcome from all of their new neighbors: the couple told the media that a local family, and friends of that family, had vandalized their store and harassed their customers. Finally, after suffering what they say was an impact on their health and their relationship as well as on their business, the couple decided to throw in the towel and close up shop.

“They’ve yelled at customers outside our shop, saying ’Don’t go in there,’ calling us faggots,” Zelton told the media. Though the couple had turned to the police, they got fed up. “We’ve had too many broken windows, and it’s costing us money,” said Zelton. “We just have to let it go. We’ve got no choice

Kilian Melloy reviews media, conducts interviews, and writes commentary for EDGEBoston, where he also serves as Assistant Arts Editor.

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