Rolling Out‘s Terry Shropshire challenges Newsweek’s decision to label President Obama the “first gay president,” pointing out that no one dared call John F. Kennedy or Lyndon B. Johnson the “first black president” because both of them openly supported civil rights.
In his cover story, Sullivan tries to justify his title this way: he writes that Obama went through a similar identity crisis back in his youth. “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,” Sullivan writes …
Yes, Sullivan, that sounds nice. But this doesn’t make Obama “the first gay president.” First of all, there is a prerequisite being a gay president: you have to be, in fact, gay. Obama, at last check, is not.
Secondly, I’m not so sure that