Presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg on
Wednesday explained that he decided to come out gay because he wanted
to know what being in love was like.
The 37-year-old Buttigieg made his
comments while speaking at Northeastern University in Boston.
Buttigieg came out in an op-ed while
serving his second term as mayor of South Bend, Indiana. He
explained at the time that he struggled with his sexuality.
Last year, he married Chasten Glezman,
“I was already mayor when I came
said. “It took me a long time to get there. I’d been
dragging my feet on coming out, because my two careers were military
and elected office in Indiana, neither of which is super
“But while I was deployed, I realized
that I was in the really humiliating situation where my life could
end in my early 30s and I could be a reasonably accomplished person –
mayor of a city, grown man, homeowner – and have no idea what it
was like to be in love.”
“But what I found was that the
community was really supportive. I’d be invited on some charity
dinner and I’d show up and my date would be a dude, and everyone
would get it and then they’d shrug and move on,” he added.
Buttigieg on Wednesday teased a special
announcement to be revealed on April 14.