Morning Brew – Wednesday, May 16: Tokyo Disneyland gets ready for its first same-sex marriage, “Newsweek” gives us six more “First Gay President” magazine covers

Good morning, Brewbies! While President Obama has been making a big gay publicity swoop of the nation this week, Newsweek released six alternate versions of their “First Gay President” cover.

Photos courtesy of Newsweek

The one of him holding the two-dudes wedding cake topper is my favorite.

Comic book megasite Newsarama posted a countdown of their ten favorite LGBT superheroes and couples, and I’m actually pretty impressed with their choices. These things usually lean all-male, but the folks at Newsarma included Renee Montoya’s The Question, Top Cow’s Danielle Baptiste, Karolina Dean and Xavin, and, of course, Kate Kane’s Batwoman. The list is finely timed, too, what with the President Obama thing, and the fact that Batwoman #9 hits shelves today!

Photo courtesy of DC Comics

Some devastating news out of South Africa: Lesbian photographer Zanele Muholi had over 20 external hard drives of her life’s work stolen from her home in Cape Town. Muholi has spent the last several years documenting the lives of black lesbians — including the funerals of those who died of hate crimes — for the public. According to Diva magazine:

Despite the volume of work stolen and the imminence of the planned exhibition, Muholi’s plight has been largely ignored by the media. It is believed that the lack of publicity is due to the nature of her work, which shows a different side to the black lesbian community than that usually represented in the mainstream media.

You can find how to donate to Zanele’s Equipment Replacement Campaign at indiegogo.

Photo credit: Bloomberg/Getty Images

On a happier note, Japan’s Magic Kingdom — the Disney one — is getting set to host its first same-sex marriage. About her “Disney Dream Wedding,” which includes attendance by Disney characters and the use of Tokyo Disney’s Cinderella Castle, Koyuki Higashi told Reuters:

My partner and I just love going to Disneyland, so when we saw a pamphlet advertising wedding receptions by the Cinderella Castle in Tokyo Disneyland we called and asked if we could hold our wedding there … When I explained it would be with my female partner they hesitated and asked that one of us wear a tuxedo as the sight of two people with the same wedding dress would make other visitors to the park uncomfortable.

But a week later, the resort called back and told the lesbian brides to wear whatever they’d like, saying they would never refuse a request for same-sex marriage. Luckily, I already know my wedding venue of choice, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, is pro-homo. (Thanks, Dumbledore!)

A happiest of happy Wednesdays to you! 

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