Pete Buttigieg may perpetually be at the center of LGBTQ news coverage. But he’s not reading any of it.
The out presidential candidate brushed aside an interview question Wednesday about discussions on his gender expression as a gay politician. But in ducking the query, he cast aspersions on all queer media.
The comments came during a sit-down with host Clay Cane on SiriusXM Urban View. Cane raised the topic of access to power.
“I'm sure you've heard this before in LGBT circles that more masculine-presenting men have more access,” Cane said. “How different would it be if you were quote-unquote more effeminate?”
Buttigieg responded, “It's tough for me to know, because I just am what I am and there's going be a lot of that. That's why I can't even read the LGBT media anymore, because it's all too gay, not gay enough, wrong kind of gay. All I know is that life became a lot easier when I just started allowing myself to be myself. I'll let other people write up whether I'm too this or too that.”
Indeed, there has been many a think piece questioning if Buttigieg is the gay candidate LGBTQ voters “want” or if he is even “bad for gays.” But notably, most LGBTQ media outlets exploring the question of whether Buttigieg is “gay enough” offered a resounding yes.
The two major think pieces on this issue that created the most backlash actually came from Slate and The New Republic.
And Buttigieg sat down with LGBTQ outlets, including The Advocate, to discuss the very topic of his gayness.
The Advocate also published a piece in April pushing back against accusations that Buttigieg hasn’t faced as much discrimination as others thanks to the fact he’s white and can pass in a straight people’s world.
Though who knows if Buttigieg read it.