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Buttigieg Fundraiser Disrupted by 'Queers Against Pete' Protesters

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The protesters were accused of being homophobic, but they responded by saying they're gay themselves.

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A Friday fundraiser in San Francisco for gay presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg was disrupted by LGBTQ protesters.

The event at the National LGBTQ Center for the Arts -- where tickets started at $250 -- featured the Indiana mayor answering questions from the crowd. When Buttigieg was about to address a query about his husband, members of a group called Queers Against Pete stood up and began asking the candidate pointed, though mostly unintelligible, questions.

"I respect your activism, but this is a gathering for supporters of our campaign and I just got a question about my husband and I'm really excited to answer it," Buttigieg said from the stage.

The protesters were then quickly drowned out by chants of "Boot-Edge-Edge!" before being escorted out.

Following their removal, Buttigieg supporters outside the venue accused the protesters of being homophobic.

"We're all gay!" a protester responded, according to a report in The Guardian.

Queers Against Pete opposes Buttigieg because of his resistance to Medicare for All and free college tuition, as well as race record as mayor, which includes a fraught relationship with the Black community and the issue of policing. Members also believe his stances represent a white, upper-middle class sensibility that is not representative of the LGBTQ community.

"We believe the LGBTQIA community deserves better than Pete," the group declares on its website.

"He just furthers white supremacy," Val, a Chicago-based community organizer and member of Queers Against Pete, recently told The Red Lettuce show, an online commentary program that covers current events from a queer vegan communist perspective. "It's like, you know, spewing out of him, kind of. It's gross." Watch below.

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Neal Broverman

Neal Broverman is the Editorial Director, Print of Pride Media, publishers of The Advocate, Out, Out Traveler, and Plus, spending more than 20 years in journalism. He indulges his interest in transportation and urban planning with regular contributions to Los Angeles magazine, and his work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times and USA Today. He lives in the City of Angels with his husband, children, and their chiweenie.
Neal Broverman is the Editorial Director, Print of Pride Media, publishers of The Advocate, Out, Out Traveler, and Plus, spending more than 20 years in journalism. He indulges his interest in transportation and urban planning with regular contributions to Los Angeles magazine, and his work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times and USA Today. He lives in the City of Angels with his husband, children, and their chiweenie.