Adding whimsy to gay activism the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck is taking its big gay message to the streets of Manhattan.

“Let's face it, ice cream trucks are kind of queer, and a middle-aged white man driving one is pretty suspect,” owner Doug Quint told New York-based food website Serious Eats. “That's not to say that I'm a rolling hotbed of perversion. Hardly the case. It's all in the name of silly.”

Quint, a bassoonist by trade who just finished coursework for his musical arts doctorate at CUNY, is a strong advocate for gay marriage. Will an ice cream treat help make a gay visibility message go down a bit smoother in a state where gay marriage finds itself at an impasse in the Senate?

Aside from the campy gay theme, the truck's selection of toppings also aim to get people talking, olive oil, sea salt, Nutella and bacon included. And Quint aims to reach out to customers via the Internet. A Facebook profile has attracted hundreds of followers and Twitter updates (@biggayicecream) will help followers locate the over-the-rainbow truck for a quick queer treat.

Expect to find the The Big Ice Cream Truck in the West Village throughout the day and prowling the East Village/Chelsea bar scene at night.