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Openly gay Pete Buttigieg confirmed as US Transportation Secretary – makes history

Former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg made history Tuesday, becoming the first openly gay man to win Senate confirmation to run a Cabinet department.

Buttigieg was easily confirmed as secretary of transportation by a vote of 86-13.

A former rival of President Biden’s for the Democratic presidential nomination, Buttigieg is at age 39 the youngest member of Biden’s Cabinet. He will take the reins at a sprawling agency, with jurisdiction over everything from federal highways to pipelines, air traffic and railroads, employing some 55,000 people.

So happy about this!

My day job released this statement today:

“The Los Angeles LGBT Center congratulates Pete Buttigieg on the historic occasion of becoming the first openly LGBTQ person to be appointed to a permanent Cabinet position. From presidential candidate to Secretary of Transportation, Buttigieg has broken down longstanding barriers that have excluded members of the LGBTQ community from the highest positions in government.

“The Center looks forward to working with Secretary Buttigieg to ensure that our country’s transportation network advances racial and gender equity in his role as secretary of the department. Public transportation in particular is of critical importance to communities that have long been marginalized by race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender and gender identity, and class, and we are optimistic that he will help address these historic inequities.

“After four years of continuous attempts by the Trump administration to target the LGBTQ community for discrimination, President Biden’s early appointments and actions are a welcome sign that the new administration will seek to reflect the nation’s diversity and thereby strengthen the country for all of us.”

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  1. A big CONGRATS to former mayor and new Sec. Pete! Much deserved success.

  2. Perhaps, peeps, what we next hope for is dropping the labels, yeah?

    They didn’t say that the straight President Biden appointed him. Or that there would be 55,000 straight and gay people under Pete’s jurisdiction.

    I’m personally left-handed, blue-eyed and gay. So, you’ve just heard from a left-handed, blue-eyed, gay 78-year-old from Johannesburg.

    Who cares?

    Tell you what, though, it is rather remarkable to see how homosexual prejudice has become somewhat diluted over my lifetime. As a young reporter on a Durban newspaper I was expected to run stories on guys who had been importuned by cops planted in public toilets. The cops would flash their tumescent junk and then arrest the poor unsuspecting victims who were anticipating some fun with hunks.

    The rival newspaper court reporter was not gay, but was also appalled and we managed to keep these stories out of both newspapers. Homosexuality was illegal in South Africa and it was no way to live.

    Tell you what though, most of us just ignored these threats and many entered into long-term relationships….that lasted. I was with one Eddie for 30 memorable years and I lost him 17 years ago. We did it ourrrr wayyyyyy….

    This new generation, of course, faces other challenges, like the monster called ‘social media’. I wish you love all the same.

  3. He is a Harvard scholar, Navy veteran and two-term mayor of South Bend, Indiana.
    He speaks several languages and plays the piano. He described himself as the only left-handed Maltese-American-Episcopalian-gay-millennial war veteran in the presidential race. When he speaks, I listen! Wishing him great success in his new government role and looking forward to keeping up with him for many years to come! Congratulations Secretary Pete!

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