Pete Buttigieg has officially revealed he is running for President of the United States.
A veteran of the war in Afghanistan, the Indiana-born politician came out publicly as gay in 2015, ten days before the Supreme Court's historic ruling on marriage equality, writing that "at a moment like this, being more open about it could do some good."
He began dating his husband, teacher Chasten Glezman, just two months later. The pair announced their engagement in 2017 before marrying in South Bend in June 2018.
And now after months of speculating whether he would be running for president in 2020, he told a crowd of 4,500 people over the weekend: “My name is Pete Buttigieg. They call me Mayor Pete.
“I am a proud son of South Bend, Indiana. And I am running for president of the United States.
“I recognize the audacity of doing this as a Midwestern millennial mayor. More than a little bold—at age 37—to seek the highest office in the land.
“Up until recently, this was not exactly what I had in mind either, for how to spend my eighth year as mayor and my thirty-eighth year in this world. But the moment we live in compels us to act.”