A mixed bag for Buttigieg in Democratic debate

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-South Bend, Ind.) speaks at the CNN Democratic Presidential Debate on July 30. (Photo courtesy of CNN)

Pete Buttigieg has won praise for his eloquence and debate skills over the course of his 2020 presidential run, but his performance during the second Democratic debate included missteps and proved a mixed bag at best.

The debate on July 30 in Detroit, moderated by CNN, was only the second time an openly gay person has participated in a major party debate. (The first was Buttigieg’s participation in the previous 2020 Democratic debate.)

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New Republic retracts controversial Pete Buttigieg op-ed

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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ABOVE: Pete Buttigieg, Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key.

The New Republic, a magazine that covers art and politics, has retracted a controversial op-ed about Pete Buttigieg written by openly gay literary critic Dale Peck.

NBC News reports that the op-ed, titled “My Mayor Pete Problem,” references the South Bend, Ind. mayor as “Mary Pete” throughout the article. Peck also refers to Buttigieg as “the gay equivalent of Uncle Tom.”

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Documentary on Pete Buttigieg’s campaign in development

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Mayor Pete Buttigieg.(Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

A documentary focused on South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s 2020 presidential campaign run is currently filming.

Story Syndicate, a production company headed by filmmakers Liz Garbus and Dan Cogan, has started filming Buttigieg’s campaign events and the recent Democratic debate in Miami, according to Axios.

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Buttigieg boasts nearly $25 million haul in second-quarter fundraising

By : CHRIS JOHNSON OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg is boasting a major haul of nearly $25 million in second quarter funds, an impressive figure demonstrating the openly gay mayor of South Bend, Ind., has prowess as a top-tier candidate and fundraiser.

According to the Buttigieg campaign, the candidate has raised $24.8 million from 294,000 individual donors, who have each contributed an average less than $48. Further, the campaign says it has more than $22 million in cash on hand.

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Victory Fund endorses Pete Buttigieg

By : Michael K. Lavers of the Washington Blade, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Pete Buttigieg, left, and his husband, Chasten Buttigieg, speak at Brooklyn Steel in Brooklyn, N.Y., on June 28, 2019. The LGBTQ Victory Fund at the event announced it has endorsed Pete Buttigieg for president. Photo by Robert Byrne/Victory Fund.

The LGBTQ Victory Fund on Friday endorsed Pete Buttigieg for president.

More than 1,500 people attended the announcement that took place at Brooklyn Steel in Brooklyn’s East Williamsburg neighborhood. It coincided with the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots and WorldPride that is underway in New York.

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Harris shines in debate, but racial issues haunt Buttigieg, Biden

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: The 10 Democratic presidential candidates from the second night debate on June 27. (Screenshot from YouTube)

Kamala Harris pulled off an impressive performance during the Democratic presidential candidates debate June 27 as racial issues haunted Pete Buttigieg and Joseph Biden.

When the smoke cleared after the debate concluded in Miami, Harris came out as a favorite based on her responses throughout the evening that served a combination of steak and sizzle, appealing to emotion as she laid out policy.

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AP-NORC poll: Still some extra hurdles for LGBTQ candidates

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ABOVE: 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg speaking at a 2019 HRC event in Las Vegas May 2019. (Screenshot from YouTube)

NEW YORK (AP) | A sizable number of U.S. voters say they’d have some hesitancy about supporting an LGBTQ candidate for president, according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. In fact it’s an issue for many more than a candidate’s race or gender.

In the poll, 32% of registered voters said they would be less excited about supporting a presidential candidate who was gay, lesbian or bisexual; 42% said that about a transgender candidate. By contrast, only about 1 in 10 voters expressed such hesitance in regard to a candidate’s gender or race.

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VIDEO: Pete Buttigieg goes on Fox News for a town hall

By : Troy Masters OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“More people have shown up for this town hall than any of our previous ones,” says Fox News Host Chris Wallace as contender for the 2020 Democratic nomination for President Mayor Pete Buttigieg takes the stage in Claremont, New Hampshire. The town hall ends with a standing ovation, also unprecedented.

Buttigieg excoriated some of the network’s hosts, echoing an email he sent to supporters earlier in the day to explain his appearance on a network other Democratic candidates have vowed they would not engage.

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Paul Rudd portrays ‘boring gay man’ Pete Buttigieg on ‘SNL’

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Paul Rudd parodied 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful and South Bend Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg on the season finale of “Saturday Night Live.”

The skit had Buttigieg (Rudd) appear as a guest on “The View.” Whoopi Goldberg (Leslie Jones), Megan McCain (Aidy Byrant), Joy Behar (Kate McKinnon), Abby Huntsman (Cecily Strong) and Ana Navarro (Melissa Villasenor) welcome Buttigieg who they immediately don’t take seriously.

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Danica Roem uses spotlight to boost other Virginia Democrats

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) | When Del. Danica A. Roem sought in 2017 to become the country’s first openly transgender state lawmaker, the Republican Party of Virginia funded a political flier that referred to her as a man and speculated that she would teach “transgenderism” to kindergartners.

This year, the GOP rushed to Roem’s defense after an anti-LGBTQ group mounted a demonstration against her presence in Richmond.

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VIDEO: Pete Buttigieg ‘slow jams the news’ with Jimmy Fallon

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Jimmy Fallon (L), Pete Buttigieg (center) and Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter on ‘The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.’ (Screenshot via YouTube)

Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg participated in Jimmy Fallon’s “Slow Jam the News” segment on the May 13 episode of “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.”

In the segment, Fallon’s guest details the news while Fallon gives the information a sensual spin and the Roots lead singer Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter adds in some slow jams. Barack Obama participated in the segment in 2016.

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Buttigieg says ‘divisive lines’ have entered Democratic Party

By : chris johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Pete Buttigieg reflected on identity politics in a bold speech Saturday night, asserting “divisive lines” have entered the Democratic Party.

Making a risky proclamation to his audience attending the annual Human Rights Campaign dinner in Las Vegas, Buttigieg said “so-called identity policies” has its limits.

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