Pete Buttigieg is breaking all the stereotypes. Not only is he the youngest candidate running for president but he is also openly gay. This makes Pete the only candidate ever to have been from the LGBTQ community. Pete Buttigieg and his husband Chasten officiated their relationship through marriage in 2018.
The 38-year-old ex-mayor of South Bend, Indiana says that he fell in love with Chasten through their mutual admiration for food. Both of them are very supportive of each other and many people admire them. They don’t hesitate to show their love for each other even on the campaign stage.
Both Pete Buttigieg who is a democrat and his husband Chasten has been actively campaigning for the 2020 elections for him. When Pete decided to run for president in April 2019, he became the first gay person to run.
Very interestingly, Pete his husband Chasten Buttigieg first connected through a dating application. It might sound absurd at first but yes, they fell in love via the dating app Hinge. They got married 3 years later proving that you could really find love anywhere if you look in the right place.
Chasten said in an interview what it was like meeting Pete Buttigieg for the first time. “I rented a car and drove over to South Bend, pulled up in front of the house to pick up Pete. And he opened the door and we both said HOWDY? at the same time.” Said Chasten Buttigieg. He added, “It was magic ever since.” So it was kind of like love at first sight for them.
Not many of us might know but, Pete Buttigieg graduated from Harvard and Oxford University. He served for almost 9 years in the US Navy. While in the Navy, he was also deployed to Afghanistan to serve for 7 months. After coming back in 2014, he was awarded the Joint Service Commendation Medal. He decided to come out of the closet in 2015 and has been openly gay ever since.
Chasten Buttigieg started working as a high school teacher at Montessori Academy in Mishawaka, Indiana in 2017. Unlike Pete, Chasten had a more difficult time coming out. He came out to his parents at the age of 18.
After letting them know about his sexuality, he didn’t get a positive response. He said in an interview with the New York Times, “I don’t recall my parents specifically saying I couldn’t live at home anymore, but I was made to believe I needed to leave,”. Nonetheless, it all turned out for the better now that both of them are happy together.
When he was recently interviewed by the people’s magazine, Mayor Pete Buttigieg said that the next step in their relationship was kids. When asked during an interview on fathers day, Pete said, “I don’t see why not”.
It definitely would be another history if Pete and Chasten decide to have kids while they are at the white house if he wins this election. Pete also believes that Chasten would make a great dad and that he is also a great educator.
Pete married Chasten Buttigieg on June 16, 2018, at Cathedral of Saint James Episcopal Church on Lafayette Boulevard. They didn’t allow the local news reporters in the church. However, they uploaded the whole thing live on the Church’s YouTube channel.
The ceremony was 30 minutes long with guests from friends and family members as guests.
Pete Buttigieg decided to propose to his partner Chasten in an Airport. He decided to propose at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport since it was the place where Chasten first saw Pete’s profile on the hinge app.
Running for president sure does come with its own share of painful moments. Just like any other candidate, Pete has had his downfall and upswings.
The Democratic president has received full support from his partner for the campaign. Chaster even took a leave from his work to help Pete with the campaign. He was quite strong with his plan for his campaign during the Presidential Debate in November.
Pete’s sexuality has definitely caused issues in his campaign. They have received criticisms from people about their relationship. The Democratic candidate has been criticized on various grounds including the fact that he is too young. But mainly the opposition has targetted their marriage to be a problem.
Rush Limbaugh recently said,” “They’ve got to be saying that despite all the great progress and despite all the great wokeness, and despite all the great ground that’s been covered, America’s still not ready to elect a gay guy kissing his husband on the debate stage president,”.
However, Chasten said in a reply to Rush, ‘I’ve been dealing with the likes of Rush Limbaugh my entire life’.
Recently a piece of news broke out which said that a woman was set to retract her support for Pete after learning that he was gay.
So, this gay couple has received their share of hatred. But they stand together and don’t stop showering each other with love and support both online and on stage.