Chicago graphic artist Chris Ware is no stranger to thought-provoking New Yorker covers. And now the excellent Ware has taken another step with this week's cover for the Mother's Day issue featuring a lesbian couple. It's a fantastic twist on what could be a Norman Rockwell cover, one that shows how far the nation has come in terms of accepting the LGBT community and it's (slow) march towards true, full equality. In a blog post on the New Yorker website, Ware says:
In the spirit of openheartedness and what life is really all about, I'll go so far as to say that the fear of others may mask some deep-seated desire to understand, and maybe even to love. Because really, what is there to be afraid of? Few people today don't know--or have in their families--at least one loving couple who are raising children, same-sex or not. And it's really just the loving part that matters. That same-sex marriage could go from its preliminary draft of "diagnosable" to the final edit of "so what?" must indicate some positive evolution on the part of the larger human consciousness.
It's a terrific cover for an exciting time, one that Ware's home state of Illinois could get in on soon if the Illinois House takes up the gay marriage bill already passed by the State Senate.