Plot Twist: LGBTQ Lashes Out Against Buttigieg?

February 16, 2020
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In a weird turn of events, it appears Pete Buttigieg had some protesters outside of an event he hosted at the center of San Francisco’s National LGBTQ Center for the Arts. Now having protesters is not weird, but oddly it was LGBTQ members that were protesting against Buttigieg, the only gay candidate.

The activists were part of a group protesting outside the event that reflected a growing disquiet among the LBGTQ+ community when it came to the Buttigieg campaign. Buttigieg may be the first openly gay candidate to sweep the national stage and perform as well as he has in Iowa and New Hampshire, but more and more young queer voters say they feel he is not representative of them or their experiences.

Friday’s protesters cited many of the same issues that members of the LGBTQ+ community nationwide say are giving them pause – Buttigieg’s unwillingness to support Medicare for All, free college for all, his issues with communities of color, his ties to billionaire donors – all issues that are not specific to the LGBTQ+ community but still affect them at certain intersections.

“We need better, we deserve better,” Adiel Pollydore, a 26-year-old program director with Student Action who is black and queer, told the Guardian…”

“Pete Buttigieg represents a very small percentage of the experiences of queer and trans people in this country, being white and being cisgender and being a man, being someone who is highly educated,” Pollydore said… This run for president could have been a really unique opportunity to lift up those experiences and talk about all the different ways we are criminalized and our safety is constantly threatened and we are shut out of institutions on the regular. But this campaign has not been about that.”

Buttigieg is the first openly gay presidential candidate. Shouldn’t that be seen as a huge step for the LGBTQ community? They should be happy that he is paving the way for more LGBTQ people. But instead, they are going after their own because he is too moderate for them. I guess there is just no winning with some people.

 

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