More Gay Men Are Looking for Love on Hinge Because of This Power Couple

The Buttigiegs' love story started out with both men swiping right.

The Buttigiegs are giving one gay-friendly dating app a major boost.

According to Fortune, Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg and his husband, Indiana schoolteacher Chasten Glezman Buttigieg, have inspired more gay men to try finding love on Hinge, a dating app à la Tinder or Grindr, but with slightly less emphasis on hookups or casual sex. Since Mayor Pete became a household name this April, Hinge saw a 30% increase in profiles created by gay men.

Early last month, Pete spoke to CNN Replay about meeting Chasten on Hinge back in 2015.

“As soon as I saw his pic, there was something in his eyes, and I was like ’I gotta meet this guy,’” Pete told CNN’s Van Jones. “And then I did. I was trying to keep up with him, and what I found was that I’m still trying to keep up with him in a lot of ways.”

Chasten also recalled swiping right in an interview with The New York Times, noting that he joined Hinge instead of one of its competitors because he “wanted a platform where you’re not necessarily inundated with hookup culture and sex.”

Will Mayor Pete of South Bend, Indiana, become the first openly gay president of the United States? We won’t know until next year, though one thing is for certain: Although politicos on the opposite side of the political spectrum deal low blows to Pete and his campaign, he continues to aim high.

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