Pete Buttigieg faces off with Patrick Stewart in ‘Star Trek’ trivia

By : Jeremy Williams
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Former Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg went toe-to-toe with “Star Trek: Picard” star Patrick Stewart in “Star Trek” trivia during Buttigieg’s guest hosting spot on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” March 12.

Buttigieg took the temporary hosting gig while Kimmel is off shooting ABC’s primetime reboot of the game show “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?”

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Cutler’s Caucus: Blue No Matter Who

By : Dave Cutler
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Every election is important, from choosing your local city council or commission all the way up to selecting the president of the United States.

This election is the most important in the last 100 years of our nation, however, if not in the country’s entire history. That’s because Donald Trump and his administration have systematically undone or threatened all of the progress made under President Obama for LGBTQ Americans.

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03.05.2020 Central Florida Bureau Chief’s Desk

By : Jeremy Williams
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I saw myself in Pete Buttigieg. I know that some people had concerns with him, and he was by no means the perfect candidate, but it is not something I can say for any other presidential candidate in the current presidential race, or any presidential race I have voted in before.

Since Mayor Pete made his historical announcement that he would run to be the next president of the United States I have had my eyes — along with my support and vote — locked on him. I like his calm, cool and collected manner. He doesn’t take a stage yelling and waving his arms around frantically. He doesn’t belittle and demean anyone, unlike the current Commander-in-Chief. Pete is smart, articulate and is well prepared every time he takes a debate or town hall stage.

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Buttigieg’s White House bid ensures place in LGBTQ history

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ABOVE: Pete Buttigieg, photo courtesy Buttigieg’s Facebook page.

NEW YORK (AP) | A divisive debate over same-sex marriage animated the 2004 presidential election as voters across the country approved constitutional amendments banning such unions. Sixteen years later, with those bans invalidated and his husband by his side, Pete Buttigieg became the first openly gay man to become, however briefly, a leading presidential candidate.

Buttigieg fell short of his goal to win the Democratic nomination and defeat Donald Trump. But his candidacy will likely be remembered as an example of the remarkable advances made by LGBTQ Americans in their quest for equality and acceptance.

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Buttigieg drops presidential campaign

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Husband Chasten (L) and Pete Buttigieg thank supporters. Photo via Buttigieg’s Facebook page.

Former South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg, who had considerable success and made history as a gay presidential candidate, dropped on Sunday night his bid for the White House.

“Tonight, I am making the difficult to suspend my campaign for the presidency,” Buttigieg said in a speech in his hometown of South Bend. “I will no longer seek to be the Democratic nominee for president, but I will do everything in my power to ensure that we have a new Democratic president come January.”

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Orlando Sentinel endorses Pete Buttigieg in Florida’s presidential primary

By : Jeremy Williams
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ORLANDO | With less than three weeks until Florida voters have their say in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary, the Orlando Sentinel’s editorial board came out with their endorsement for Pete Buttigieg Feb. 28.

“The former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has displayed the qualities of a president from the beginning of this campaign,” they write, beginning the official endorsement by saying Democrats want an adult in the White House and they “have just such an adult on the ballot” in Buttigieg.

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2020 hopefuls commit to equality ahead of Florida’s primary

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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ABOVE: “DEMZ” featuring Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg, Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden by Chad Mize.

It’s been more than three years since Donald Trump assumed the presidency of the United States, succeeding LGBTQ ally Barack Obama to become the nation’s 45th commander in chief. It’s been longer still since he became the first Republican to acknowledge the LGBTQ community from the podium of the Republican National Convention. On June 21, 2016, he vowed to protect LGBTQ citizens from “violence and oppression” while accepting his party’s nomination.

The promise drew the immediate ire of journalist Tony Schwartz, the ghostwriter who was credited as the co-author of “The Art of the Deal,” Trump’s bestselling biography. Schwartz shadowed and studied the real estate developer for nearly two years to write the 1987 memoir for him, which he says today he would name “The Sociopath.”

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2020 Presidential Preference Primary Election Guide

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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ABOVE: “DEMZ” featuring Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg, Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden by Chad Mize.

Ahead of Florida’s presidential preference primary March 17, Watermark contacted each presidential campaign that will appear on the statewide ballot to ask nine yes (Y) or no (N) questions and one open-ended question pertaining to LGBTQ equality.

Below, you’ll find their abbreviated answers of the remaining candidates, compiled via each campaign’s direct response or the websites of Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard.

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The Other Side of Life: Fighting Deficits

By : Jason LeClerc
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Resources are, by their nature, scarce. In fact, value or price for a resource is derived from its relative scarcity: how much we have of something we need or want versus how much we need or want it.

We vote with our dollars. In America, we vote with our votes. This applies to fresh drinking water during a hurricane, watches and, apparently, presidential candidates. In a free (unfettered) market, the supplier of a resource produces as much of that resource as they expect to sell at a reasonable profit; the consumer of the resource will continue buying it until the price becomes prohibitive. This is equilibrium.

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In SC, Buttigieg faces some black voters wary of a gay candidate

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Above: Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg (Photo courtesy from CNN)

CONWAY, S.C. (AP) | South Carolina state Sen. Gerald Malloy is fine with a gay presidential candidate like Pete Buttigieg. His older male relatives are not, and that may be the defining challenge of Buttigieg’s campaign.

As Buttigieg tries to sustain his early success in Iowa and New Hampshire, he has to prove that he can win over African American voters, who make up the vital core of the party base. A relatively small but nonetheless influential number of black South Carolinians may be resistant to him because of his sexuality.

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Buttigieg to 9-year-old seeking advice on coming out: ‘You seem pretty strong’

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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Pete Buttigieg gives youth advice on coming out at campaign rally in Denver (Screenshot via Twitter)

When a 9-year-old boy asked Pete Buttigieg on stage at a campaign rally in Denver Feb. 23 for advice on having the bravery to come out, the gay presidential hopeful initially didn’t have much to offer, but said he was very impressed.

“I don’t think you need a lot of advice from me on bravery,” Buttigieg said. “You seem pretty strong.”

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Bloomberg pummeled, lackluster in response in bloody Democratic debate

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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ABOVE: Michael Bloomberg faced the wrath of Democratic candidates in a bloody Democratic debate. (Photo by NBC News; used with permission)

With Michael Bloomberg ascending in the polls, fellow candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination pummeled during him — and in some cases each other — in a bloody debate Feb. 19.

Across the stage in Las Vegas, candidates seeking to thwart Bloomberg hammered him on the “stop-and-frisk” policy, allegations of sexual misconduct and discrimination and being a billionaire seeking to buy the presidency. In response, Bloomberg delivered responses that were cerebral at best, but largely seemed disengaged and lacked a presence on stage.

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