We knew our gaydar was picking up some serious signals from this guy! LOL! We kid, we kid!
Following Barack Obama's historical announcement to throw his support behind same-sex marriage, Newsweek threw his face on the cover to make a new announcement: Obama is "the first gay president."
No, he's not literally gay, but it's definitely an attention-grabbing headline! Columnist Andrew Sullivan argues that Obama's coming-of-age experience as a biracial individual is easily comparible to the struggles that members of the LGBT community face en route to discovering their personal identity.
We know U are curious, so read an excerpt from the inneresting comparison … AFTER THE JUMP!
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.
This is the gay experience: the discovery in adulthood of a community not like your own home and the struggle to belong in both places, without displacement, without alienation. It is easier today than ever. But it is never truly without emotional scar tissue. Obama learned to be black the way gays learn to be gay.
Wow. We never thought about it that way, but that argument totally makes sense to us.
It's hard to believe that there are people out there AGAINST marriage equality, or any other kind of equality for that matter, but we're over the moon when people start to realize the importance of progress on the issue!
Check out the entire article here and let us know if U agree with the author's conclusions!
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