Thank you, Mayor Pete

I’m to the left of Peter Buttigieg. For that matter, I’m to the left of Bernie Sanders. More on this in future posts. But tonight I want to thank ‘Mayor Pete.’

In the late ’60s and early 70s, when I was a scared teenager in the closet, I could never have imagined I would someday be married — legally married! — to another guy. Back then I couldn’t even imagine a relationship of any kind, period.

Fast forward to 2014, I married my love in New York City’s Central Park. Fast forward another eight months and the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage for everyone in June 2015.

The next amazing event has been to witness an openly gay man become a serous contender for nomination by a major party as President of the United States.

It doesn’t matter tonight what differences I have with Mayor Pete as he announced in South Bend that he is suspending his campaign. I just know that the success of his candidacy has meant the world to me. It amazes me the progress I’ve had the privilege to experience in my lifetime.

Title image by Gage Skidmore (License).

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  1. We don’t celebrate progress enough. Also, I’m proud that we played a role in getting to this moment.

  2. I was initially impressed and delighted with his candidacy. However, as the campaign progressed and I found out more about what he actually advocates I was disheartened. In the face of obscene wealth inequality and people unable to afford basic healthcare, the Mayor’s positions on social justice issues came up severely lacking. Perhaps he will grow and if he does he has a great future, I’m sure. But I’m not sorry to see him gone now. We need candidates willing to support real economic and social justice. Such a candidate we have in Senator Sanders. I’m proud to support him and I’m confident that he can and will beat the criminal president if the nomination is not stolen from him. At age 71, I’ve lived long enough to have put my body on the line as I did in the 80s and 90s AIDS crisis and in the battle for gay rights and before in the 60s and 70s for an end to war and for social and economic justice. I expect no less form the candidates who solicit my vote. Mayor Pete came up short this time but I have hopes for him in the future.

    1. It’s been my honor to fight some of those battles at your side. I find myself thinking about my title to this post, “Thank you, Mayor Pete.” And I _do_ thank him for putting himself out there. But I also thank _us_ (you, me, Wendy who commented here, our friends, and millions of others). _We_ made this possible by being out and fighting the fight when it was definitely much more dangerous than now. We each can tell stories of the attacks we endured, some quite serious. Thanks, Jim. 73s & 88s [Ham radio code for those who don’t know.]

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