United States President-elect Joe Biden has appointed former South Bend (Indiana) mayor and war veteran Pete Buttigieg to be Secretary of Transport. Buttigieg is openly gay and is also the first person in the LGBTQIA+ community to be a minister in the United States.
“I am nominating Pete for the Secretariat of Transport because he is prepared to act on the challenges of the intersection between jobs, infrastructure, equity and climate”– said Biden on the appointment of Buttigieg.
Biden never made an explicit promise to name an openly LGBTQ member for his government, but in an interview with CNN last week, he acknowledged the importance of including marginalized communities in his government.
Pete Buttigieg ruled the city of South Bend, with only 100,000 inhabitants, in the state of Indiana, from 2012 to 2020. Until then he was little known on the national scene, but ended up gaining visibility after his campaign invested in pro-Trump rural areas.
Her husband, Chasten, participated in campaign events, generating criticism from Donald Trump’s supporters.
“They are sitting there and they are seeing Mayor Pete – a gay guy (…) who likes to kiss her husband on stage in debates. And they are saying ‘OK, how will that be seen, a gay man kissing his husband on the stage next to Donal Trump, the man with a capital H? How will it look? “, said broadcaster Rush Limbaugh.
“I am married, in a relationship of fidelity, love and commitment. I am proud of my marriage. And I am proud of my husband”, Buttigieg countered in February. “I will not hear sermons on family values from anyone who supports Donald Trump as the moral and political leader of the United States.”
In addition to Buttiege, another candidate who gave up on a campaign for the presidency of the republic was billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer. There are currently six names in the Democratic race: Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Tulsi Gabbard, Amy Klobuchar and Michael Bloomberg.