Newsweek cover calls Obama ‘first gay president’

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Not to be outdone by TIME magazine’s breastfeeding cover — the center of attention last week — Newsweek is out with its own controversial edition hitting stands today.

The news magazine’s May 21 issue features a photo of President Obama with a rainbow halo floating above his head and the headline “The First Gay President.”

The image, of course, is pretty shocking. Especially for readers who haven’t been abreast of the ongoing same-sex marriage conversation, during which the president recently “came out” with his view endorsing gay marriage.

The Newsweek article is written by Andrew Sullivan, a gay journalist who says he believes Obama’s position as a minority has given him perspective on the struggle of gay Americans. Sullivan writes:

The point of the gay-rights movement, after all, is not about helping people be gay. It is about creating the space for people to be themselves. This has been Obama’s life’s work. And he just enlarged the space in this world for so many others, trapped in different cages of identity, yearning to be released and returned to the families they love and the dignity they deserve.

While the cover is obviously meant to herald Obama for what Newsweek believes to be his progressive position on gay rights, many believe the image is disrespectful. What do you think about the cover?



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