Obama Rocks Ultimate Pride Accessory on Newsweek Cover, a Gay Halo!
Andrew Sullivan’s cover story for Newsweek names Barack Obama the first gay president much in the same way that Bill Clinton was dubbed the first black president.
Andrew Sullivan writes:
And this, in a different way, is Obama’s life story as well. He was a black kid brought up by white grandparents and a white single mother in Hawaii and Indonesia, where his color really made no difference. He discovered his otherness when reading an old issue of Life magazine, which had a feature on African-Americans who had undergone an irreversible bleaching treatment to make them look white—because they believed being white was the only way to be happy.
Barack Obama had to come out of a different closet. He had to discover his black identity and then reconcile it with his white family, just as gays discover their homosexual identity and then have to reconcile it with their heterosexual family. The America he grew up in had no space for a boy like him: black yet enveloped by loving whiteness, estranged from a father he longed for (another common gay experience), hurtling between being a Barry and a Barack, needing an American racial identity as he grew older but chafing also against it and over-embracing it at times.
Go read the entire fantastic article at Newsweek. And go see Obama’s halo, halo, halo for yourself.
Do YOU think President Obama’s experience of self-discovery mirrors your own?