Pete Buttigieg says he came out gay because he wanted to know what being in love was like
Sat. April 6, 2019 8:52 AM by Carlos Santoscoy
The 37-year-old Buttigieg made his comments while speaking at Northeastern University in Boston.
Buttigieg came out in an op-ed while serving his second term as mayor of South Bend, Indiana. He explained at the time that he struggled with his sexuality.
Last year, he married Chasten Glezman, a teacher.
"I was already mayor when I came out," Buttigieg said. "It took me a long time to get there. I'd been dragging my feet on coming out, because my two careers were military and elected office in Indiana, neither of which is super gay-friendly."
"But while I was deployed, I realized that I was in the really humiliating situation where my life could end in my early 30s and I could be a reasonably accomplished person – mayor of a city, grown man, homeowner – and have no idea what it was like to be in love."
"But what I found was that the community was really supportive. I'd be invited on some charity dinner and I'd show up and my date would be a dude, and everyone would get it and then they'd shrug and move on," he added.
Buttigieg on Wednesday teased a special announcement to be revealed on April 14.
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