On a GLAAD livestream yesterday, Billy Eichner spoke to former presidential candidate Mayor Pete Buttigieg and asked how he felt about the “much younger LGBT+ generation who don’t feel that same sense of connection to you simply because you’re gay, [and] have some pretty intense issues with you”.
Buttigieg, you might recall, was on the receiving end of a number of attacks during his candidacy, from activists who picked him apart on everything from his conventional marriage to the way he dresses.
Buttigieg explained: “I think our LGBT+ community is going through that generational experience.
“I wonder if for some people it was empowering, in terms of a group that’s so close to the edge in terms of marginalisation, to frankly feel empowered to be queer and to not vote for [the queer candidate].
“One generation’s just astonished that there can even be a candidate who is queer, but I think for some others, it might have felt empowering to be able to be queer and not vote for a candidate who is queer.
“On some level, I get that. I just hope that people can have whatever their political views are and not be mean.”
Yeah, good luck with THAT.
He went on to say that he DID get a lot of love from the older LGBTQ people he met on the campaign trail.
“People from the older generation would come up to me, they couldn’t form words but they’d tear up and I’d know what it was they were saying.
“It was very humbling to hear that they were moved to think about my candidacy in the context of that struggle, because that’s a struggle I don’t even understand.
“To even be able to do this, for Chasten and me to be married, and for me to be an out candidate, we’re standing on their shoulders.”
I still hold out hope for a Pete presidency… 2032? Get a little more national level experience under his belt? Maybe be Secretary of State for Biden? (He speaks seven languages).
(via Pink News)