Vogue Italia has chosen to celebrate September, the biggest month in fashion, by featuring two intimate LGBTI covers with models locking lips.

For a country that is quite liberated and invented romance, Italy, like Australia, still, does not have legalised same-sex marriage.

The country also lacks nationwide anti-discrimination laws ensuring LGBTQ protections in work and public accommodations as well as no parental rights for same-sex adoptive couples and same-sex couples who’ve had children through in vitro fertilization (IVF).

New editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia Emanuele Farneti has decided to place marriage equality at front of mind with these distinctive covers.

Credits for this picture: Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott (Photographer), Emanuele Farneti (Editor), Giovanni Bianco (Creative Director), Alastair McKimm (Fashion Editor/Stylist), Cyndia Harvey (Hair Stylist), Isamaya Ffrench (Makeup Artist), Andrea Stanley (Set Designer), Piergiorgio Del Moro (Casting Director), Samuel Ellis Scheinman (Casting Director), Mar y Sol (Manicurist)

Shot by photographer duo Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott, one version of the cover features male models and real-life couple Edoardo Velicskov and Pablo Rousson sharing a kiss; another version features female models Lily Aldridge and Vittoria Ceretti locking lips; and a third features a straight kiss between models Carla Boscono and Federico Spinas.

Vogue Italia is not the first Vogue magazine to publish an LGBTQ-inclusive cover. Vogue Paris featured transgender Brazilian model Valentina Sampaio on the cover of this year’s March issue, the magazine’s second biggest issue of the year.