Twitterverse Claps Back As GOP Chair Attempts Pride Tweet

Republican Party Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel

Republican Party Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel
Republican Party Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel

The chairwoman for the GOP, Ronna McDaniel, attempted to send some sort of pro-LGBTQ message for Pride Month.

“Happy #PrideMonth!” wrote McDaniel. “@GOP is proud to have doubled our LGBTQ support over the last 4 years, and we will continue to grow our big tent by supporting measures that promote fairness and balance protections for LGBTQ Americans and those with deeply held religious beliefs.”

Let’s just say it didn’t go well…

Many in the Twitterverse, including Chasten Buttigieg, husband of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, chimed in with their thoughts on how ‘big tent’ the Republican party truly is.

As Chasten tweeted, “Re-visit your party’s platform before you open your mouth about pride…”

When Chasten Buttigieg Was Outed At Work: ‘Is It True You’re A F**?’

Chasten Buttigieg
Chasten Buttigieg
Chasten Buttigieg (image via memoir website)

Chasten Buttigieg, husband of newly-confirmed Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, recently shared a workplace incident when he was brazenly outed by a co-worker.

What we know of Chasten’s employment history to date is that he taught theatre classes in public schools in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana. Chasten doesn’t specify where the incident mentioned took place other than a “break room.”

“I’ll never forget when an assistant manager found out I was gay in the break room, marched out onto the floor, came right up to my face and said ‘wait, is it true you’re a f**?’” Buttigieg tweeted. “Now imagine if my manager didn’t like that about me either.”

“At the time, it would have been legal in far too many places in America for them to simply show me the door,” he continued. “It is time to codify true equality for LGBTQ people and pass the #EqualityAct.”

Chasten followed that with a link to the Human Rights Campaign’s info page about the Equality Act.

The Equality Act, currently working its way through Congress, would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes. It would be the first time LGBTQ Americans would have nationwide protections against discrimination in areas of employment, housing and medical facilities.

Currently, 21 states and 5 U.S. territories have no explicit prohibitions for discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in state law.

The legislation passed in the House last week by a vote of 224-206. But the bill faces a steeper climb in the Senate as 10 Republican senators will have to vote with Democrats in order to overcome a possible filibuster. LGBTQ activists and advocates are unsure if the 10 GOP votes will be there when the time comes.

President Joe Biden has been a vocal proponent of the Equality Act promising the sign the legislation if it reaches his desk.

Chasten’s story inspired other LGBTQ people on Twitter to share their own experiences – closeted or not – in the workplace.

News Round-Up: February 18, 2021

Fitness guru Joel Green
Fitness guru Joel Green
Fitness guru Joel Green (via Instagram)

Some news items you might have missed:

InstaHunks: Fitness motivator Joel Green (above) encourages his crew to take a few moments every day to sit in silence and turn your full awareness inward to connect with your spirit. As we enter the second year of the pandemic, I find that really lands for me as my brain fog can get overwhelming at times. Anyone else?

Washington Blade: Pennsylvania State Rep. Malcolm Kenyetta announced on Tuesday evening his candidacy to run for U.S. Senate, setting himself out on a path that, if elected, would make him the first openly gay Black senator.

HBO Max: The acclaimed new UK drama It’s A Sin (from Queer As Folk creator Russell T. Davies) premieres today in the U.S. The series follows several young people throughout the 1980s and early ’90s as they experience the horrific toll of HIV and AIDS in the London gay community. All six episodes are available now on HBO Max, which requires a subscription, but the first episode is available for free on YouTube.

The Advocate: The Equality Act, which would ban anti-LGBTQ+ discrimination throughout the nation, was formally reintroduced in the House of Representatives Thursday. The act would amend existing civil rights laws to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The legislation passed in the House in 2019 with a bipartisan 236-173 vote but never got a vote in the Senate.

Instinct Magazine: Nearly three years after a gay couple was bashed after a Pride parade in Miami, the case still hasn’t gone to trial. Plus – it turns out one of the four attackers is gay?

The Gaily Grind: Chasten Buttigieg – husband to Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg – shared a picture of the couple kissing on Wednesday in what appeared to be subtle shade following the death of far-right, homophobic radio host Rush Limbaugh, who had mocked the couple throughout last year.

News Round-Up: February 3, 2021

Pete Buttigieg sworn in as Secretary of Transportation by Vice President Kamala Harris with husband Chasten at his side
Pete Buttigieg sworn in as Secretary of Transportation by Vice President Kamala Harris with husband Chasten at his side
Pete Buttigieg sworn in as Transportation Secretary by Vice President Kamala Harris (photo: office of the Vice President)

Some news items you might have missed:

Instagram: A day after his 86-13 confirmation vote in the Senate, Pete Buttigieg (above) was sworn in as Secretary of Transportation by Vice President Kamala Harris as husband Chasten Buttigieg held the bible.

Outsports: Josh Leafer was a high school athlete who threw parties and chased girls. But it was all a cover. So he started a TikTok account, @closeted_fratguy, asking, “Anyone else like totally straight but secretly gay?” Over the last year, Leafer has heard from hundreds of other secretly gay guys who were wondering the same thing. Oh – and he came out 🙂

Out Music: British indie-pop band Pale Waves has released a deeply personal video for their latest single “She’s My Religion,” which features frontwoman Heather Baron-Gracie and her life partner Kelsi Luck in a series of candid vignettes showing that even the most mundane moments can be transformative when paired with the right person.

“I wanted to give my fans a song to find themselves in,” Heather says of the intimate new video. “I wish I had a song like this when I was a young girl trying to find herself in the world.”

Attitude Magazine: The new UK queer-centric drama series, It’s A Sin, has become one of Channel 4’s most successful shows ever since its launch last month. The series has already had 6.5 million views on All 4, making it the most-binged new series ever. Episode one has also become All 4’s most popular drama launch on record.

Quinnipiac Polls: Two weeks into the presidency of Joe Biden, a majority of Americans say, 61 – 34 percent, that they are generally optimistic about the next four years with Biden as president.

Politico: President Joe Biden traveled to the Capitol to pay tribute to Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick shortly after the ceremony began Tuesday night, briefly placing his hand on the urn in the center of the Capitol Rotunda, saying a prayer and sadly shaking his head as he observed a memorial wreath nearby.

Chasten Buttigieg: “I’ve Been Dealing With The Likes Of Rush Limbaugh My Entire Life”

Chasten Buttigieg (screen capture via ABC News Live)

ABC News Live will premiere its new election-cycle interview series “Running Mates” tonight during its primetime newscast at 7:00 p.m. ET

Anchored by Linsey Davis, the debut will feature an exclusive interview with Chasten Buttigieg, husband of former Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana.

In an advance clip from tonight’s interview, Davis brings up recent comments by conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh who suggested America is not ready to elect a “gay guy kissing his husband” on the debate stage.

Questioning Buttigieg’s electability on his radio show, Limbaugh described the former Indiana mayor as “a 37-year-old gay guy kissing his husband on stage, next to ‘Mr. Man,’ Donald Trump.”

Davis asks Chasten his thoughts on the remarks.

“Well, look this isn’t new,” begins the 30-year-old. “I’ve been dealing with this my whole life. I’d I dealt with a multitude of Rush Limbaugh’s when I was walking through the hallways of my high school.”

The potential ‘First Gentlemen’ shares that “LGBTQ Americans have to come out every single day.”

“When somebody asks who were married to, or asks about your partner, or you’ll feel like you want to share something about yourself but then you have to second guess how that person’s gonna react if I say ‘Well, my husband’ instead of ‘my wife.'” explains Chasten.

“I’ve been dealing with the likes of Rush Limbaugh my entire life,” he adds. “What I’m actually worried about are the young people in this country who are watching the historic nature of this campaign. Watching how people talk about it, watching how people react to it and treat it. And wondering if this country is actually safe place for them to be.”

The full interview airs tonight on streaming news channel ABC News Live.

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‘Mayor Pete’ Makes His First Appearance On SNL

Kate McKinnon, Paul Rudd and Beck Bennett on SNL

“I’m just a Harvard-educated, multilingual, war veteran, Rhodes scholar. I’m just like you.”

In what is demonstrably a show of his impact so far on the presidential race, Democratic hopeful Mayor Pete Buttigieg, played by Saturday Night Live host Paul Rudd, made his first SNL appearance on last night’s season finale, as a guest on The View.

Leslie Jones’s Whoopi Goldberg welcomes Mayor Pete saying, “I heard when you grow up, you want to be president.”

“Well, I am grown up,” Mayor Pete tells the gaggle of daily talkers. “I may only be 37 years old, but I do feel like I represent everyday Americans. I’m just a Harvard-educated, multilingual, war veteran, Rhodes scholar. I’m just like you.”

Asked about being the first openly gay man who’s a serious contender for the White House, Pete responds, “I do want to say that I wouldn’t be running for president if I didn’t believe America was ready to accept not only a gay man but a boring gay man in the public eye.”

Before the sketch draws to a close, Beck Bennett offers his take as Chasten Buttigieg, our first possible First Gentleman: “Wow, this is all so new to me,” he says. “Usually I’m just home with the dogs.”

But in the end, the ladies all seem to have eyes for only one presidential candidate, leaving the Buttigieg men a little confounded.

Watch below.

Chasten Buttigieg – The Man Who Could Be ‘First Gentleman’

Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Chasten Buttigieg

Ever since his husband, Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, announced his candidacy for president, Chasten Buttigieg has been charming many political followers either in person, on the campaign trail, or on social media.

But, in a new profile by the Washington Post on the man who hopes to become the nation’s first ‘First Gentleman,’ Chasten shares some of the challenges he’s faced in his 29 years.

Chasten has grabbed people’s attention not just because he’s the spouse of the first Democratic gay White House hopeful, although that does factor in. But he’s also a millennial married to a millennial. And, he and Mayor Pete have only been married less than a year.

According to the Washington Post profile, he grew up in a typical conservative Midwestern family. His parents, Sherri and Terry Glezman, worked hard to make ends meet while raising Chasten and his two older brothers, Rhyan and Dustin.

But, while his brothers liked to play sports and go hunting, Chasten admits he was happier “reading Harry Potter or singing Celine Dion” at the top of his lungs while helping his mother with housework.

By the time he got to high school, he realized there was something ‘different’ about him.

Although he didn’t come out at the time – he admits there were no openly gay students at his school – he was the target of bullies who called him homophobic slurs and would physically assault him.

So when the opportunity came up for him to spend his senior year of high school abroad in Germany, he took it. “The further away I could get, the safer I felt,” he told the Post.

It was during that year he began to confide his ‘secret’ to others in the exchange program. And by the time he returned to his home town, it was “his truth.”

Chasten shares that he opened up to some friends during the summer after graduation, receiving mixed responses.

Some said they loved him and it didn’t matter; but others told him while they loved him it did matter.

In recounting the coming out process, he shares that one friend brought up God and implored him to change his mind. “Like it was a choice,” says Chasten. “This thing I had decided to do.”

His family got the news last. He found he couldn’t say the words out loud, so he wrote a letter to his parents and handed it to them in their living room.

“I remember my mom crying,” he recalls. “And the first thing she asked me was if I was sick. I think she meant, like, did I have AIDS?”

Chasten recalls a silence loomed over home life, although he remembers at one point one of his brothers said, “No brother of mine…”

Feeling like an outcast, he decided to leave home.

With his packed bags, he bounced from one friend’s couch to another; sometimes he slept in his car in the parking lot of the community college he was attending.

After some months, though, his mother called and asked him to come home. He says, “I cried, and I went home immediately.”

Over time his parents came to terms with his being gay, and even walked him down the aisle at his wedding last summer.

But, his brothers were another story.

Rhyan Glezman, currently a pastor of a church in Clio, Michigan, told the Postthat Chasten’s coming out wasn’t a surprise, and that he loves his youngest brother. While he wants the best for Chasten, he admits, “I just don’t support the gay lifestyle.”

Chasten would go on to earn a degree from the University of Wisconsin in theater and global studies, eventually working at a youth theater academy in Milwaukee. But even with a full schedule he didn’t have benefits.

So, he got a second job slinging coffee and lattes 20 hours a week at a Starbucks to get health insurance.

The Starbucks gig led to his moving to Chicago. And it was while living in the Windy City that he met Mayor Pete on the dating app Hinge.

A few weeks of FaceTime chats with the young mayor convinced Chasten to make the drive to nearby South Bend, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Chasten says he laughed when Mayor Pete first broached the subject of running for president. But that quickly turned into total support for the idea.

He shares that the campaign trail is trying on many levels. Having lost 20 pounds since the holidays, he finds he’s worn out at the end of most days from what he calls “vulnerability fatigue.”

“You put yourself out there so much,” he admits. “And we’ve invited the world to scrutinize us.”

And while much of the country is interested in the first gay presidential contender with what looks like a decent shot, there are homophobic, nasty letters that arrive at their home.

But the Buttigiegs just keep moving forward.

“It’s just so important to go out there and do a good job right now,” he tells the Post. “Because for the first time in many people’s lives, they see someone on a national scale that makes them say, ‘Oh, that’s me, too.’”