Monday, May 14, 2012
Obama as black gay Jesus on Newsweek cover?
Gay holiness made the cover of Newsweek magazine today for a story on “The First Gay President.” Obama has a rainbow halo in the cover photo that some say looks like black gay Jesus.
The point is that Obama is being worshiped like a saint by the LGBT community now that he endorsed same-sex marriage last week
The queer-spirit cover image illustrates an article by gay political writer Andrew Sullivan about Obama’s bold stand for marriage equality -- and how his life as a biracial man mirrors LGBT experience. Thus Newsweek declares him to be the “first gay president” in the same sense that Bill Clinton was heralded as the “first black president” for his support of and identification with black people.
Blogs are buzzing with conservatives who make fun of Obama being shown as a “gay Jesus.”
I wouldn’t go so far as to give Obama a halo, but I’m happy to see an image of gay holiness in the mainstream media. Love that rainbow halo!
The Obama cover uses religious iconography to make a political point. For truly spiritual visions of the gay Jesus, check out my Queer Christ series series. It gathers together reflections on the queer Christ artists, writers, theologians and others.