If you've lived in Manhattan for years, you might overlook the festivities of any particular weekend. For many, however, the NYC Gay Pride March is an annual event to remember the struggles of years past and a symbol of how far the gay community has come since the 1969 Stonewall Riot. Yes, there are many parties and eye candy all weekend long, but the true beauty lies in the honesty of those who dared to express their difference individuality.
In NYC around the last week of June, just before you are bombarded with red, white, and blue for Independence Day, there are sightings of rainbows—rainbow flags to be specific. The flags are signs of diversity and the embracing of different cultures, but they have become the worldwide symbol of gay pride.
Last year, I made Rainbow Cookies in anticipation for New York to pass the same-sex marriage law, and it happened. There was much celebration and I even went to City Hall to witness my friend's nuptials on the very first day of legal marriage. While I was in line, a friend rode by on her bike and thought I was secretly getting married. (Alas, no ring on my finger, yet)
While I continue the quest for my own marriage, (come on M, what's wrong with Harry Winston?), I made another rainbow dessert to celebrate this year's Gay Pride-- Rainbow Cubes to exemplify the strength of the gay community. The different color layers are baked together as opposed to assembled one-by-one. The unique method is based on a Dutch-Indonesia cake – Spekkoek. The outcome is a stronger bond--a unit. I cut them into cubes to symbolize equality.