Advocates of equality got some goods news last week when the Supreme Court struck down DOMA, a law passed in the 90s to block gay marriage at the Federal level and express “ moral disapproval of homosexuality“. Good riddance.
The New Yorker has created a slide show of cover illustrations over the past twenty years dealing with gay marriage, including the latest (see above). PBS has previously addressed the notion that Bert and Ernie are a couple: “Bert and Ernie are best friends… Even though they are identified as male characters and possess many human traits and characteristics (as most Sesame Street Muppets™ do), they remain puppets, and do not have a sexual orientation.”
But popular culture doesn’t always take its cues from the intentions of the creator(s).
In the stacks:
Out for good : the struggle to build a gay rights movement in America/ Dudley Clendinen and Adam Nagourney – HQ76.8.U5 C58 1999
Before Stonewall the making of a gay and lesbian community ; After Stonewall / director, Greta Schiller – V-D S355 BefA DVD
Stonewall uprising / American experience. – V-D D385 Sto DVD
Blown covers : New Yorker covers you were never meant to see / Françoise Mouly. – NC974.4.N48 M68 2012
The Complete book of covers from the New Yorker, 1925-1989 / with a foreword by John Updike – NC974.4.N48 C66 1989