Pete Buttigieg Describes Struggle With Coming Out as Gay: ‘You Only Get One Life’ – The New York Times

When candidates at Thursday night’s Democratic debate were asked about their biggest professional setbacks, Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind., described his experience with coming out as gay.

Hearing such a story on a national stage during a presidential campaign would have been unimaginable just a decade ago, before same-sex marriage was legal and when “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” was military policy.

Mr. Buttigieg spoke in detail of his angst over the decision, saying that he worried about coming out at a time when Mike Pence, who has opposed same-sex marriage, was the Indiana governor. He feared it would be “the ultimate, career-ending professional setback.”


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