LGBT HISTORY MONTH, DAY 9: THE FIRST GAY PRESIDENT
Before DOMA, before Don’t Ask Don’t Tell — before Photoshop, even — there was a moment when it seemed Bill Clinton might be the great straight hope. A president who would say the word “AIDS,” a man who treated the gay community as a constituency rather than a leper colony.
In the early 90s, this postcard began circulating — heads of state gawkily fashioned on two headless torsos — was a staple of bookstores and gift shops and dorms from Christopher Street to the Castro. Gave me a thrill then and — despite my later reservations about the fetishization of both those bodies and those minds — still does.