Pete Buttigieg, the out gay Democratic Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, who is running for POTUS in 2020, has endorsed the federal Equality Act, which would protect LGBTQ+ people in the U.S. from discrimination in housing, in employment, and in public spaces. (You're not dreaming — he addressed this on CNN: video here.)
Fifty years ago, courageous gay and transgender people stood up at Stonewall for the right to be recognized as equal Americans. It's time to finally implement a federal Equality Act that extends civil rights protections to all Americans, regardless of their gender identity and sexual orientation. This bill is commonsense, bipartisan, and will ensure that LGBTQ+ Americans in the thirty states like Indiana where discrimination is effectively legal will have the same rights and protections as the rest of America. In this country, you should not be discriminated against because of who you are or who you love.
I really like this guy, and not just to have a gay man in the Oval Office. I think he is impressive and principled. I can see him becoming a top-tier VP pick, which would be history-making in and of itself. Could he become the candidate? Maybe, if Barack Obama could, why not? Obama allowed us to dream. I would say that with the field as crowded as it is (it was not crowded when Obama upset Clinton), and with powerful forces like Bernie and Biden in the mix or likely to be, he's got a tougher slog. But he's checking all the boxes for me — as is Harris.