The New Yorker has always been quick to provide a cultural response to the political and cultural landscape with their illustrated covers, and this week’s momentous decision by the Supreme Court of Justice to strike down the Defence of Marriage Act – which prevented same-sex spouses from being recognised by the state – was no exception.
The leak of this week’s cover, which features much-loved Sesame Street puppets Bert and Ernie cuddling in front of televised footage of the Supreme Court, has been met with a whirlwind of controversy, but the message set by the latest in a long line of New Yorker covers about homosexuality is clear. This week marks a huge turning point, and the bottom line is that changes are a-coming. What better opportunity to look back at the iconic magazine’s previous covers about same-sex unions? The beautifully poignant, sometimes funny, sometimes proud images have been marking the evolution of attitudes towards gay rights for over a decade, and a lovely, celebratory collection they make too.
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- Tom Phillips' magnum opus turned a Victorian novel into a work of art spanning 50 years
- Matisse-inspired posters for Serbian Youth Day from designer Monika Lang
- Raphael Schoen's cheerfully chaotic posters for a Swiss youth club
- Illustrators including Sam Taylor and Charlotte Mei's tributes to NWA's Straight Outta Compton
- The slides and sleep pods of LA's Silicon Beach startup scene captured by Lauren Greenfield
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- The bizarre, twilight world of Berlin-based photographer Maxime Ballesteros
- Wieden + Kennedy Amsterdam and Colophon create typeface that works with the Earth's tilt
- The Anonymous Sex Journal is back, and this issue is all about wanking
- The homeless Dirty Kids of America and their "rainbow party" explored in new film
- 12-year-old accidentally punches a hole $1.5 million painting