A majority of the country believes in marriage equality. Coming out is a profoundly personal issue and not everyone has the same circumstances. We need to change attitudes and laws so that no-one feels that they have to hide or be afraid.
IN HIS OWN WORDS:
Appreciating Gay Leaders
"My candidacy is possible only because of the hard work and sacrifice of LGBTQ activists who stood up for change 50 years ago today, and the leaders who continue that fight for equality at organizations like @VictoryFund. #Stonewall50" Twitter)
"Thanks to leaders like Marsha P. Johnson and Harvey Milk, I have faith in the possibility of change and growth in this country. There is still more work to do, but let us take a moment and celebrate the gains we've made this #PrideMonth" (Twitter)
“If me being gay was a choice, it was a choice that was made far, far above my paygrade. And that's the thing I wish the Mike Pence's of the world would understand. If you have a problem with who I am, your problem is not with me. Your quarrel, sir, is with my creator.” (Victory Fund speech video)
About coming out
Rachel Maddow Show: On why he didn't come out til age 33 - "It took me plenty of time to come out to myself. I guess I just really needed to not be. There's a sort of war that breaks out inside you when you realize you might be something you're afraid of. It took me a long time to resolve that... It was the deployment that put me over the top. I realized you only get one life and you don't know how long you will be on this earth." (Video)
Victory Fund Dinner Speech (Full) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MD9gN7e8CQY
Chasten Buttigieg (Twitter) - "Your time in the closet and your journey to coming out belong to you. You are not required to open healed wounds or write lengthy threads in order to explain your worth to others who aren’t willing to see it themselves. You matter first."
Jack Jenkins (Twitter) - "So in the midst of this week’s Pete Buttigieg v. Franklin Graham theological debate, I found an odd data point buried in a survey: voters are actually MORE comfortable/enthusiastic about a gay candidate than an evangelical Christian one."
Abby Huntsman (Twitter) - "For all our frustrations about dysfunction & division, watching @PeteButtigieg (unknown until a few months ago) rise is what democracy is all about. Gay, veteran, proud of being religious, and from the two times I’ve met him, incredibly thoughtful on issues. Keep watching him."
Washington Post: "Nearly 70 percent of Americans are okay with a gay president, poll says" - "According to a recent NBC-Wall Street Journal poll, nearly 70 percent of Americans said they would be either enthusiastic about or comfortable with a candidate who is gay or lesbian. To put that in perspective, 85 percent said they were enthusiastic about or comfortable with a female candidate."
Religionnews.com: "Franklin Graham challenges Pete Buttigieg, but voters unlikely to care" - "According to a February 2019 NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, 68 percent of registered voters said they would be comfortable or enthusiastic about a gay or lesbian candidate. That’s a marked shift from 2006 when only 43 percent of Americans said the same."
The Atlantic: "Pete Buttigieg Offers America Double Relief" - "By embracing traditional family and sexual norms, a route made officially available to him by the Supreme Court’s 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges decision legalizing same-sex marriage, Buttigieg is radically upending popular expectations of what a gay politician can be. The South Bend, Indiana mayor has made much of the fact that he is the first Millennial to run for president. He is also the first post-Obergefell candidate."