Openly gay mayor Pete Buttigieg has received backing from the LGBTQ Victory Fund, a political committee dedicated to increasing the number of openly queer public officials in the US.
The endorsement, posted on Twitter, read: “BREAKING: Tonight, we are officially endorsing Mayor @PeteButtigieg’s campaign for President of the United States.
“Mayor Pete has the experience, record of service, and vision that is required to not only lead this nation — but also to defeat Donald Trump at the ballot box”
I’m honored to have your support.
Annise Parker, the head of Victory Fund and a former mayor of Houston — she was one of the first gay mayors of a major US city — said, “Victory Fund has a singular mission and that is to help LGBT people succeed in the political process.
“He is what we work for. He is the embodiment of the mission.”
The endorsement follows the first Democratic presidential debates where he was noted for calling out Republican religious hypocrisy.
“For a party that associates itself with Christianity to say it is okay to suggest that God would smile on the division of families at the hands of federal agents, that God would condone putting children in cages, has lost all claim to ever use religious language.”
Buttigieg was quick to respond to the Twitter endorsement, tweeting, “I’m honored to have your support.
“My candidacy is possible only because of the hard work and sacrifice of LGBTQ activists who stood up for change 50 years ago today, and the leaders who continue that fight for equality at organizations like @VictoryFund.”
At an event to mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, the presidential candidate said, “We haven’t seen equality come to the land, not by a long shot, but think about what it means that 50 years after Stonewall, we could be gathered in a room with a top tier candidate for the American presidency and be in a room with his husband,” her said.
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