While he's not the first openly gay presidential candidate and maybe not even the first openly gay president, his run for office has and continues to be historic.
He's gay, a veteran, a millennial. He speaks seven languages, has qualified for the primary debates, and has raised a uniquely impressive sum of money for a candidate whose name was unknown to the majority of the country just a few short months ago.
And every day, he becomes less of a longshot.
When I got the chance to speak with him, I wanted to know about rising to national fame with the words "openly" and "gay" attached to his name, serving in the military under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," and how much his queerness will be a part of his candidacy as he campaigns in more conservative areas.
I also wanted to talk about gay things. Like, how he met his husband on a dating app: that's another historical first.
The full interview will be available on The Advocate's interview podcast, LGBTQ&A on April 23rd, but watch a clip below.
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Click here to listen to past interviews with Jake Shears, Trixie Mattel, Mary Lambert, DeRay Mckesson, and Kate Bornstein. The full interview with Pete will be available on April 23rd on LGBTQ&A.