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New York's Big Gay Ice Cream Truck

Big Gay Ice Cream Truck Opens Minds One Stop at a Time

If you've spent time in New York City, you know the demanding ring of a Mr. Softie ice cream truck, but now there's a new truck parking its ice-box-white wheels wherever it can — the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck. Doug Quint, the owner, knew that a middle-aged gay man driving an ice-cream truck would draw good and bad attention. So he went all out, painting rainbows on his big, gay ice-cream truck. And if that isn't enough reason to love him, this quote is:

Usually the kid is between seven and 12, I’d say. You can tell that they only think of the word "gay" as an insult. The parents brush it off. I can see that some of them do so naturally, and others take a brief moment while they decide how to react. They shrug, or tell their child, "Yep, it’s the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck." Sometimes they even come over for a cone.

I wonder if my silly banner, and the child/parent reactions to it, might be a good thing. Maybe one or two of the kids that pass by my truck will now think twice before using "gay" as an insult. If that keeps one kid from hearing it the way I (and lots of you) did — as a personal attack — I’m proud.

If you're in New York, follow him on Twitter to find out where his truck will be parked next. He's best known for his Choinkwiches — caramelized bacon-chocolate ice cream sandwiches. Yum!

Photo by Flickr user Bryan Petroff

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cakeshinigami cakeshinigami 8 years
I want this in my city!
xxstardust xxstardust 8 years
I'm finding that next trip into the city..
bengalspice bengalspice 8 years
That truck is awesome. I saw it in Union Square and was sorry I couldn't stop long enough to buy a cone [I was in the midst of an expedition to find Vibram FiveFingers for my boyfriend before Paragon Sports closed].
GKitty GKitty 8 years
I hope they sell cigarettes...sometimes I'm on team sugar so long and run out and get really cranky....
poissondujour poissondujour 8 years
I'll be stalking *that* truck. Love it.
Beauty Beauty 8 years
LOVE this. Cute design/logo, adorable picture, yummy ice cream, and a fun way to use "gay" as a positive thing.
Smacks83 Smacks83 8 years
Reminds me of Big Gay Al and his Big Gay Animal Sanctuary (for gay animals!) Cute but random
sham28 sham28 8 years
Yeah that's cute but I fail to see how the kids will learn not to use the word negatively.
fuzzles fuzzles 8 years
I want sprinkles! :)
Briandiesel Briandiesel 8 years
I would buy from him for sure :D
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 8 years
I will totally try and find him! I love ice cream trucks :)
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