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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Home state politics complicate message for some 2020 Dems

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NASHUA, N.H. (AP) | Democrat Beto O’Rourke uses his home state as a cautionary tale, ticking through Texas’ Republican-backed policies as warning flags for the rest of the country.

Mayor Pete Buttigieg mentions once worrying about how coming out as gay in deeply Republican Indiana might have cost him re-election, even in his more moderate college town of South Bend.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand speaks of evolving away from defending gun rights during her early years in Congress representing a conservative House district in upstate New York and notes, “I have uncles who voted for Trump. I get it.”

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Mayor Pete Buttigieg and husband Chasten Buttigieg land Time Magazine cover

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg landed the cover of Time magazine along with his husband, Chasten Buttigieg, for the magazine’s May 13 issue.

The Democratic presidential candidate and his husband are shown standing outside of their Indiana home with the headline “First Family.” Underneath it reads, “The unlikely, untested and unprecedented campaign of Mayor Pete Buttigieg.”

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Poll: 70 percent of U.S. voters willing to vote for gay male president

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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With Pete Buttigieg continuing to show strong numbers in the Democratic presidential primary, a new poll has found 70 percent of voters would be open to voting for a gay man as U.S. president.

However, that same poll reveals a majority of voters — 52 percent — believe the United States isn’t ready to elect a gay man to the White House.

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05.02.19 Publisher’s Desk

By : Rick Claggett
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Nobody likes to be called ignorant, but we all are. I certainly am. I’m ignorant when it comes to Venezuelan politics, cooking Indian cuisine and the quantum mechanics of time travel. I just saw an article this morning that suggested the present and the future exist simultaneously and now I have a headache. I can’t even discern how there is still only one Marty McFly and how he always finds the DeLorean.

It’s okay to be ignorant, but somewhere along the way people decided being called ignorant meant that you were stupid or dumb—instead of just simply lacking knowledge of something. Some years ago I was hanging out with my brothers, drinking beer around a fire pit and listening to old country music; a favorite pastime for the Claggett boys. One of my brothers, a genuinely nice person who tends to lean to the right with his political views, started talking about the Affordable Healthcare Act. Yes, family + holidays+ alcohol + politics = disaster.

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Buttigieg meets with Rev. Sharpton in NYC

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Pete Buttigieg met with Rev. Al Sharpton on April 29 at a restaurant in Manhattan’s Harlem neighborhood.

A press release Sharpton’s organization, the National Action Network, released before the meeting said the two men “will discuss the need to confront homophobia in the faith community as well as the mayor’s policy agenda for the black community in Indiana and around the country.”

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Democratic presidential candidates decline to speak at anti-LGBT group’s summit

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Six Democratic presidential candidates have declined an invitation to speak at an anti-LGBT group’s summit in Iowa.

NBC News on April 29 reported U.S. Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke and South Bend (Ind.) Mayor Pete Buttigieg have all declined invitations to speak at the Family Leader’s summit that is scheduled to take place on July 12.

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Buttigieg says he will stop accepting lobbyist contributions

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WASHINGTON (AP) | Pete Buttigieg’s (BOO’-tuh-juhjez) presidential campaign says the South Bend, Indiana, mayor will no longer accept contributions from federal lobbyists.

In a news release April 26, campaign manager Mike Schmuhl announced Buttigieg will return about $30,000 collected from 39 lobbyists. Additionally, spokesman Chris Meagher says Steve Elmendorf, a lobbyist whose recent clients include Amazon and Facebook, will no longer serve as a fundraiser for the 2020 Democratic presidential campaign.

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