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Pete Buttigieg is Not the Gay Candidate I Want

Talk Queerly: a bi-weekly column on LGBTQ culture & politics

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Edward Kimmel from Takoma Park, MD [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
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Buttigieg is the first openly gay American to run for President.

Unlike Buttigieg, I don’t believe gay people are just like everyone else or that sexual orientation is a trait that can be likened to hair color.

I find it difficult to believe his sexuality has not impacted the way he approaches politics.

Buttigieg’s rise within the Democratic party begs the question of whether aspiring LGBTQ politicians must downplay their identities in order to break barriers.

This is the type of gay candidate I want — one who is bold in their gayness and their truth and who is unafraid to use personal experiences of injustice to work for change on a broad level.

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Jeffry J. Iovannone

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Scholar-activist; Queer thinker; Primary writer for Queer History for the People; Columnist for Th-Ink Queerly. E-mail: QueerHistoryFTP@gmail.com

Th-Ink Queerly

Th-Ink Queerly is now closed. The publication was created to question and challenge the status quo through queer eyes and advocate for LGBTQ social issues.

Jeffry J. Iovannone

Written by

Scholar-activist; Queer thinker; Primary writer for Queer History for the People; Columnist for Th-Ink Queerly. E-mail: QueerHistoryFTP@gmail.com

Th-Ink Queerly

Th-Ink Queerly is now closed. The publication was created to question and challenge the status quo through queer eyes and advocate for LGBTQ social issues.

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