See Pete Buttigieg’s debate answer on coming out as gay: “I had no idea what kind of professional setback it would be”
He didn’t once use the word gay which I find interesting. But I’m so impressed with South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and how well this openly gay man has done as a Democratic presidential hopeful.
The candidates were asked about how they dealt with professional setbacks.
Mayor Pete said in part: “… When it came to professional setbacks, I had to wonder whether just acknowledging who I was, was going to be the ultimate career ending professional setback. I came back from the deployment and realized that you only get to live one life and I was not interested in not knowing what it was like to be in love any longer.”
“So I just came out,” he added. “I had no idea what kind of professional setback it would be especially because, inconveniently, it was an election year in my socially conservative community. What happened was when I trusted voters to judge me based on the job that I did for them, they decided to trust me and reelected me with 80% of the vote and what I learned was that trust can be reciprocated and that part of how you can win and deserve to win is to know what’s worth more to you than winning.”