This article commemorates the official end of Pride Month. To support her LGBTQ friends, my daughter paid homage to their ongoing struggle for equality and freedom via the medium of baking.
I’m immensely proud of Katie for doing this, she has numerous friends that face bigotry everyday of their lives because of how an ever decreasing yet excessively loud bigots decide to make others lives hell simply because they’ve found love and companionship outside of orthodox gender roles. I have a very liberal stance when it comes to social diversity of any description and I acknowledge that from a white heterosexual male perspective, there are many things that I have yet to comprehend. I’ll never forget meeting someone who became a good friend of mine, Lily Summers, she was a Trans woman who shared my interests in politics and video-gaming. We both ran in an election in 2016. I’ll never forget her openness when she said to me “Never be afraid to ask me ANY questions”. Sadly, before the election came around Lily died of a stomach issue. I, like my colleagues were devastated we would never encounter her wit, openness, and kindness again. The news of her death made National papers with some political figures making some very hurtful comments of her death. It’s easy to get angry at these people, but then I thought, they clearly hadn’t met Lily because if they had, they would not be keen to share such an ignorant view of a beautiful person.
Although this cake is the sum of Katies efforts, I’d like to dedicate this to Lily, those gone before her and those who have yet to have their happiness challenged, none of you are alone, you have allies in those who see you as a person with loves, dreams, inspiration, a knack of beating me on Call of Duty and your allies will stand tall with you and fight for your equality, now and forever.
300g of self-rising flour, butter, caster sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder
Pinch of salt
1 1/2 Tablespoons of milk
Red, yellow, green, blue, purple food dye (gel, NOT liquid) to desired effect (have to mix red and yellow for orange)
- Beat softened butter and caster sugar (after passing sugar through sieve)
- Beat in the eggs, one egg at a time.
- Preheat the oven to 190°c fan and grease 6 x 18 cm diameter pans.
- Sift in the flour, baking powder and salt and fold in with wooden spoon.
- Add the milk.
- Separate mixture into 6 equal parts and add the food colouring accordingly.
- Spoon mix into tins and bake for 20 mins.