A gay-owned bakery is paying tribute to LGBTI icons for Pride Month. Bakers at MarieBette Café and Bakery, based in Charlottesville, VA, create flour-stencilled designs on bread to highlight some of the owners’ most inspiring queer icons and allies.
The first icon they selected was Ellen DeGeneres. Posting on Instagram last weekend, the bakery included a quote from DeGeneres herself alongside a photo of the loaf: ‘I stand for honesty, equality, kindness, compassion, treating people the way you want to be treated, and helping those in need. To me, those are traditional values.’
MarieBette Café and Bakery
Underneath, they posted their reasoning for deciding to honor Ellen and the others who have followed.
‘June is LGBTQ Pride Month and as a gay-family-owned business, we would like to do our part to recognize and celebrate LGBTQ individuals and allies who have been instrumental in the fight for equality in our community.
‘Some of these persons may be well known while others may be less well known, some may identify as LGBTQ while others may not but are in the fight nonetheless. All are important and worthy of recognition.’
Since then, bread and flour designs of RuPaul, Oscar Wilde, Laverne Cox, Elizabeth Taylor, Liza Minnelli, Harvey Milk, Elton John and Frida Kahlo, among others, have appeared on their Instagram feed.
Who is creating this bread?
MarieBette Café and Bakery is run by husbands Patrick Evans and Jason Becton. They named the business after their two young daughters, Marian and Betty. They have been running for bakery for the past four and a half years.
‘My husband Patrick Evans handles the bakery side of our business and makes all the stencils by hand,’ Becton told Gay Star News.
The men bake the stencils on to the bakery’s distinctive Virginia Sourdough.
‘Before working in the culinary field we both had lives in different careers,’ Becton continues. ‘Patrick is an artist and worked in the art world in New York City.
‘The stenciled breads are a kind of temporal art and has become his main creative outlet. One of our employees, Daniel Chen (@syllabusbakeshop) also got on board and has added to our stencil collection.’
‘Patrick finds or creates a picture or drawing and, using a plastic quart container lid, sharpie and x-acto knife, creates the stencil by hand.
Becton says his husband comes from a family home minutes south of Charlottesville, while he heralds from Jersey City, NJ. The men met in New York City.
At least one of the icons depicted has already praised the designs. New York cabaret artist Justin Vivian Bond was delighter to see themselves included. They posted to their Facebook yesterday, ‘Isn’t this the most fantastic tribute ever?’