Pete Buttigieg Makes History as First Openly Gay Cabinet Member Confirmed by Senate

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History has been made this week after the first openly gay cabinet member was confirmed by the senate.

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Now, this is a huge step forward for the LGBTQ+ community.

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And, since the news broke, the messages of congratulations have been flooding in.

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Now, who exactly is Pete Buttigieg?

Well, from 2009 to 2017, he served an intelligence officer in the United States Navy Reserve, attaining the rank of lieutenant – he was later mobilized and deployed to the War in Afghanistan for seven months in 2014.

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He did all of this while serving as mayor of South Bend…

Which he was elected as in 2011.

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Buttigieg, thirty-nine, came out as gay in 2015 through an essay in the South Bend Tribune while seeking reelection.

He admitted that he thought coming out would be a “career death sentence” but, after he publicly did, in the middle of his reelection campaign, he won eighty percent of the vote, more than he received when he was first elected.

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Buttigieg endorsed President Biden in March just 1 day after ending his own presidential campaign…

And both he and his husband, Chasten Buttigieg, took an active role during the general election, campaigning on Biden’s behalf.

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In a speech from Wilmington, Delaware, he reflected on what the moment means for all LGBTQ+ Americans when Biden announced his nomination late last year.

“I can remember watching the news – seventeen-years-old in Indiana, seeing a story about an appointee of President Clinton named to be an ambassador attacked and denied a vote in the Senate because he was gay – ultimately able to serve only by a recess appointment,” he said.
“And I learned something about some of the limits that exist in this country when it comes to who is allowed to belong. But just as important, I saw how those limits could be challenged.”

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Biden spoke highly of Buttigieg following the former mayor’s endorsement, saying he reminded him of his late son, Beau.

“I don’t think I’ve ever done this before, but he reminds me of my son Beau. And I know that may not mean much to most people, but to me, it’s the highest compliment I can give any man or woman,” the president had said of Buttigieg last March.

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So, of course, it is only right that Buttigieg has a place within Biden’s administration.

Today, the Senate has approved Buttigieg’s nomination to be transportation secretary, making him the first openly gay person ever confirmed to a Cabinet post.

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Upon his victory, he tweeted this:

“I’m honored and humbled by today’s vote in the Senate—and ready to get to work @USDOT.”

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As transportation secretary, Buttigieg has pledged to recognize how infrastructure has the power to bridge racial and economic disparities in America…

As well as to keep in lockstep with Biden’s agenda of fighting climate change and address systems reeling from plummeting ridership amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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Congratulations, Sen. Pete Buttigieg!

This is the step forward our country has so desperately needed.

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