|Pete and His husband Chasten|
Below is the opinion of a columnist from The Guardian. In his piece he asks, Why Pete Buttigieg was hated by the left? I don't know if he was hated by the left but he was by the ultra left. I make a difference between the two because my experience is that not every liberal is liberal on everything, so you have a couple of levels below Progresive. But I was surprised to see people picking Bern and Elizabeth over him and the reason I believe was because they did not see him as gay enough.
In the gay community you have to be known as gay, not by announcing it but by doing some gay things ie: get togethers in gay bars or gay events and be accepted like it was a club otherwise you will be by yourself. For an outgoing people is not a problem but not eveyone has that type of personality. What people in general are learning is that gays do not fit inside one decription but I wonder if some gays realize that.
From the begining very left wing gays were not seeing Pete as a regular gay perhabs not understanding that there isn't such a thing. I can understand envy or regret that he was accomplished but even that is not a reason to hate him because they are accomplished gays that would rather vote for Trump than for a gay progresive. He was not a rich man, yet he was accomplished in the way he went doing things in his life starting at an age in which straight and gay guys are interested in doing other things.
One thing that amazes me is how well adjusted lots of gays are for the dark roads we had to travel.
If you were born in 1990 and below you know what truly hatred is for the sake of hatred because they saw someone different. Some of us got the worse treatment from our own families, like is happening in many parts of the world. As a community we still need to grow and learn how to treat other gays the way they wish to be treated by everyone. Adam Gonzalez
tweeted: “Even if you support someone else, as I do, the fact that a gay man can win a state caucus for President is a welcome milestone.”The day after Pete Buttigieg won Iowa, the writer Mark Harris, who is married to the playwright Tony Kushner,
Iowa has long been something of an outlier – in 2004 it was among the few Republican controlled states that rejected a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage – but the idea that an openly gay man could win the Democratic caucus there took most Americans by surprise. That it was a milestone, as Harris pointed out, was clear – or should have been. The fact that it needed stating said everything about this strange, emotional, deeply divided campaign.
Like me, Harris is a Gen Xer who can remember the Reagan-Thatcher years, and who witnessed a new identity politics emerge from the devastation of Aids. Many of those people saw friends cut down in the prime of life. They went to paupers’ funerals for colleagues long abandoned by their parents. They witnessed a criminal and deadly silence from Washington, compounded by snarky jokes about a “gay plague”. In the UK, when I was at college, gay men were still being arrested for kissing in public. We had to wait until we were five years older than our straight counterparts to have sex.
For those among us who can recall a not-too-distant time when going into a gay bar still felt dangerous, watching a gay presidential candidate get so far while being mercilessly pilloried has been a disorienting experience. It was as if our own community was clipping our wings at the very moment we were learning to fly.
Buttigieg did not deserve unconditional support – no one does – and in debates he had to stand on his record, as all candidates must. Allegations that he’d sided with white police officers over the firing of South Bend’s first black police chief, and that the city’s economic growth had bypassed black communities, stuck hard. When he abandoned the race on Sunday it was a tacit recognition that in spite of his ambitious Douglass Plan, a manifesto for black empowerment, he had not swayed minds. His lack of traction with black voters, though in the end about the same as for Elizabeth Warren, remained his achilles heel to the end.