Guest Post: Belonging With Buttigieg

Pete Buttigieg on the campaign trail (all photos – PeteForAmerica)

Guest post by Joshua Grotheer

At a time when it’s “us” vs. “them” or left vs. right or red vs blue, I’m tired.

I’m tired of the fighting. I’m tired of the hate. I’m tired of the divisiveness of politics. I’m tired of losing friendships over who someone voted for or supports. I’m tired of hurtful conversations while sitting in the church pew or around the family table.

As the gay son of a United Methodist preacher and raised with Fox News on the television, I’ve always felt that I didn’t belong. I didn’t belong in my church, in my own home or in my Southern conservative community.

Thankfully I attended a performing arts high school that celebrated those of us who were different.

In college, I knew that my social and political beliefs were different from my family. I also knew it was okay to be different.

Now, at 32 and a self-proclaimed “recovering United Methodist” I am drawn to a candidate for president who has built his entire campaign around inclusion and belonging.

You see, Pete Buttigieg knows what it’s like to be different. An out gay man who is also deeply religious isn’t something I ever thought possible, much less presidential. He sees the differences in humanity and is celebrating our differences by uniting us with shared values.

If the last three years have taught me anything, it’s that I’m ready for a breath of fresh air in Washington.

Pete and Chasten Buttigieg

I’m ready for something different.

I’m ready for an outsider who understands the marginalized.

I’m ready for a president that leads with values.

I’m ready for a president that acknowledges that God does not belong to a political party.

I’m ready for decency to return to the White House and to the Office of the President.

I’m ready for someone better.

I’m ready to vote for a 38-year old Naval Intelligence officer who is a devout Episcopalian from the Midwest who makes me feel hopeful.

I’m ready to vote for someone who is uniquely positioned to bridge the divides tearing this country apart.

I’m ready to vote for Pete Buttigieg for President.

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