Presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg believes he’s so much more than just his sexuality.
The Mayor of South Bend made the comments after he said how proud he was of being gay and marrying his husband, Chasten.
‘I am proud of who I am,’ he told the Des Moines Register. ‘I’m certainly very proud of my marriage and my husband. We don’t shy away from that. It’s also not the only thing that defines me.’
He then added: ‘I think some people have an image of what a gay person or an LGBTQ activist is supposed to look like. And I think if you’ve met one gay person, you’ve met one gay person.
‘We have different styles and different approaches. But what I try to do is just be who I am. I don’t know who else to be,’ he said.
Mayor Pete Buttigieg wasn’t always proud of his sexuality.
‘There was a time in my life when I would have cut the gay out of me if I knew how,’ he said, earlier this month.
Pete Buttigieg: First gay president?
Pete Buttigieg made headlines recently when he said he doesn’t believe he’ll be the first gay president if elected in 2020.
The South Bend Indiana major told Axios on HBO that ‘statistically almost certain’ that one of the previous 44 presidents may have been queer, but did not come out.
Buttigieg made the remarks after executive editor Mike Allen asked how the mayor would respond to Republican criticism that the contender is ‘too young, too liberal [and] too gay’ to be president.
‘I’ll respond by explaining where I want to lead this country,’ he answered.
‘People will elect the person who will make the best president. And we have had excellent presidents who have been young. We have had excellent presidents who have been liberal.’
He then continued: ‘I would imagine we’ve probably had excellent presidents who were gay — we just didn’t know which ones.’