In a recent interview with The
Boston Globe, former Massachusetts Representative Barney Frank
said that presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg's sexuality is an
Frank, the first openly gay man to
serve in Congress, said that being gay had help Buttigieg, the mayor
of South Bend, Indiana, stand out in a crowded Democratic field.
“His being gay is an advantage and,
if he were straight, I don’t think he would be doing as well,”
said Frank, who came out in 1987.
“It attracts attention to him and he
gets points for being open and honest and gives people a chance to
affirm their lack of prejudice,” said Frank, adding, “I think
Beto O’Rourke may be regretting that he’s straight.”
Buttigieg has been polling better than
O'Rourke, a former Texas congressman, but both trail front-runners
former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.
Buttigieg, 37, appeared on the
cover of this week's TIME magazine with his husband Chasten.