‘It Got Real Gay Real quick’: Pete Buttigieg’s Rise Electrifies the Gay Community

Buttigieg’s emergence gives Americans their second openly gay presidential candidate — activist Fred Karger sought the GOP nomination in 2012 — but the first to earn so much attention.  Many gay Americans are celebrating Buttigieg’s quick climb as a sign of tangible progress.  Others wonder whether talking about Buttigieg’s candidacy as historic means undermining the notion that sexuality doesn’t matter.  Buttigieg’s is electrifying many gay voters, symbolizing an acceptance its members could hardly imagine even a decade ago.  His campaign raised $7 million in the first quarter of 2019, signaling unexpected support and potential staying power in the sprawling Democratic field.  Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/it-got-real-gay-real-quick-america-deals-with-a-new-kind-of-candidate/2019/04/05/76649c56-5191-11e9-a3f7-78b7525a8d5f_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.655d23a563dd