The managers of an LGBTQ club in Providence, R.I. are “very disappointed” with the cancellation of a fund-raiser for the openly gay presidential hopeful,Pete Buttigieg.
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Buck Asprinio, the bar’s general manager, told local news station that reps for the campaign arrived at the bar,
“20 minutes before our staff was scheduled to arrive, they came in and asked us to remove the dancer pole.”
The bar refused.
The Buttigieg campaign felt they didn’t want to be connected to it, and decided to move the event over to the Hotel Providenceacross the street.
That’s a great venue, according to Asprinio.
“But it’s a straight venue, versus an LGBTQ+ venue where everybody is welcome. To be an openly gay candidate for president, I would think they would want to show support for their own community.”
Buttigieg’s campaign told the Daily News,
“Our commitment to LGBTQ+ spaces is strong and we always strive to hold events in inclusive spaces. Pete and Chasten know first-hand how important it is for members of the LGBTQ+ community to have a safe space to gather and our campaign would never do anything to intentionally disrespect such a space.”
Asprinio added that he had sent pictures of the club to the campaign,
“They knew exactly what the place looked like. We thought the fund-raiser was going forward at full force.”
Hey, if you ask me there’s nothing wrong with a stripper pole… and there’s nothing wrong with NOT wanting to make a speech next to one either.
But there still seems to remain questions of electability surrounding Buttigieg.
Annise Parker, a former mayor of Houston and president of the Victory Fund, a nonpartisan political action committee devoted to electing LGBTQ leaders, told Vox,
“Every time a barrier is broken by some community that has never achieved X, the skepticism is there. The only way to overcome the skepticism is to win.”
The controversy over Chasten Buttigieg’s canceled appearance at the Dark Lady played into concerns that the Buttigieg campaign was trying to portray the candidate as the kind of gay man who could win over homophobes: someone wholesome and monogamous whose husband would never be photographed near a stripper pole.
For Parker, canceling Chasten’s appearance was the wrong move because it fed criticism of Buttigieg as
“not gay enough, whatever that means.
There is no such thing as a gay candidate or a lesbian candidate or a way you’re supposed to be. They’re all individuals, and they’re running to represent their community.
People say, ‘I have no problem with Pete, but so many other people will…”
At the church in Houston she attends with her mother on Sundays, Parker said,
“These little blue-haired ladies in the church who are impressed with his demeanor and his vision, they’re talking to me because they clearly know that he’s gay, but that’s not the most interesting thing about him to them.”
Exactly. So, vote for the candidate YOU support.