How Pete Buttigieg ‘Covers’ His Gay Identity

The Way of Queer Leadership Discussion with Jeffry Iovannone — TQ110

Darren Stehle
Dec 20, 2019 · 4 min read
Image credit, Marc Nozell

“Buttigieg is the first openly gay American to run for President. Only a few years ago, a gay Presidential hopeful was unthinkable. Yet, even in the midst of the backlash against LGBTQ equality created by the Trump administration, I feel underwhelmed by the prospect of a President Buttigieg and his significance as an openly gay politician.”

We cover the following topics:

What is “Covering”?

Why Pete Buttigieg is a prime example of “covering”

“Covering” and Queer Leadership

Leading from our difference with creative uniqueness, not to assimilate into the dominant culture, but to liberate; not just ourselves, but also those oppressed by the dominant status quo.

Do queer public figures have a different responsibility to “use their difference to make a difference” than the average queer citizen?

Can one exercise effective queer leadership, or effective leadership in general, if they’re “covering”?

What might someone like Mayor Pete tell us about the state of LGBTQ rights at present?

If we fail to recognize all facets and variations of prejudice and racism — as a gay man, as LGBTQ — then we perpetuate oppression and our own.


Guest Bio

References

Th-Ink Queerly

Think Queerly is a thought leadership publication that disects social & idelogical norms through critical analysis and personal narrative. Think Queerly’s mission is to create a more loving world by elevating human consciousness and liberating those oppressed by the status quo.

Darren Stehle

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Coaching Queer Leadership. Read my book, “Think Queerly: Meditations & Critical Reflections On Liberating Humanity” — darrenstehle.com/reflections

Th-Ink Queerly

Think Queerly is a thought leadership publication that disects social & idelogical norms through critical analysis and personal narrative. Think Queerly’s mission is to create a more loving world by elevating human consciousness and liberating those oppressed by the status quo.

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