Meet the Logo30: Pete and Chasten Buttigieg

"I watched my husband run for president, which is something I never thought I would do in my life."

Every day during the month of June, we will be spotlighting our 2020 Logo30. This powerful series profiles ordinary and extraordinary people who show pride in unique and provocative ways. Visit the Logo30 homepage to view current and past honorees.

To say Pete and Chasten Buttigieg have had a busy year would be quite the understatement.

The South Bend, Indiana-based husbands spent most of 2019, and the first two months of 2020, on the campaign trail as Pete made history as America’s first openly gay Democratic presidential candidate.

Pete suspended his campaign on March 1, but he officially announced his run for president almost a year earlier, in April 2019. As NewNowNext previously reported, at the top of his announcement speech, he thanked his husband, “my love” Chasten, “for giving me the strength to do this and the grounding to be myself as we go.”

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“The principles that will guide my campaign for president are simple enough to fit on a bumper sticker: freedom, security, and democracy,” he continued. Expounding on the concept of freedom, he remarked, “And take it from Chasten and me, you’re not free if the county clerk gets to tell you who you ought to marry because of their idea of their political beliefs.”

When Logo and NewNowNext asked Pete and Chasten what they had done in the past year to express their Pride, the couple knew that their time out on the campaign trail was the obvious answer.

“In the last year, I watched my husband run for president, which is something I never thought I would do in my life,” Chasten said. “And I did it openly and authentically, and I never pretended to be anybody I wasn’t. I went out there and told my story every day—sharing my coming-out story and talking about why I loved my husband.”

Pete added how while out campaigning, he noticed how many people took pride in what he and Chasten were doing: “It wasn’t about me; it was about the community and the progress we got to make. It meant so much to stand with our community. I never thought ’husband’ and ’running for president’ would both be things in my life at the same time, but we did it together.”

Watch video interviews with the Buttigiegs and other 2020 Logo30 honorees below.
 

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