The New Yorker had already planned a Pride cover for its June 27 issue, but in the wake of the mass shooting of 49 people at a gay club in Orlando, artist Frank Viva reworked an image he had initially conceived back when the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act.
As it appears on the cover now, the couple is kissing, rather than just embracing. (The sight of two men kissing reportedly outraged Omar Mateen.)
“It’s a celebration of love–it’s just that simple,” says Viva, a frequent New Yorker contributor.
Of course, this is not the first time the magazine has highlighted the LGBT community on its cover.
This 1994 cover addressed the advent of civil unions.
This cover a decade later addressed same-sex marriage, in a less than ideal way.
This one was more on the mark.
The New Yorker tackled gays in the military 15 years before the end of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.
And gays in the NFL more than a decade before Michael Sam.
This 2012 New Yorker cover presaged President Obama turning the White House lights rainbow three years later.
Artist Gayle Kabaker submitted this cover, her first for the magazine, to a cover contest being held by New Yorker art editor Françoise Mouly. The theme was “weddings,” but since it was Pride week, Mouly was tickled by the image of two brides.
This Mother’s Day cover paid tribute to lesbian moms.
The magazine spotlighted the Supreme Court ruling reversing the Defense of Marriage Act in 2013 with an illustration of Bert and Ernie watching the justices on television.
In one image from 2007, the magazine addressed both Iranian president Ahmadinejad’s claim there were no gay people in his country, and Rep. Larry Craig’s claim that he just had a “wide stance” in a bathroom stall at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.