South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg might be gay, but he doesn't read any LGBTQ media — mainly because he doesn't fit into any particular LGBT box.
What are the details?
Buttigieg, a Democratic presidential candidate, told SiriusXM's Clay Cane that access to power is neither masculine nor feminine when it comes to gayness.
"I'm sure you've heard this before in LGBT circles that more masculine-presenting men have more access [to power]," Cane said. "How different would it be if you were quote-unquote more effeminate?"
Buttigieg responded by pointing out that he doesn't even give it thought, and would rather prefer to avoid media speculating about the degrees of his gayness.
"It's tough for me to know, because I just am what I am, and there's going to be a lot of that," he said. "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.'"
If you missed my @PeteButtigieg interview, here is a clip of him talking about some of the critiques of him in LGBT… https://t.co/KtBTPSiWlb— Clay Cane (@Clay Cane)1568836547.0
Has there been much response from the gay community?
Phillip Picardi, Out magazine's editor-in-chief, was one person to address Buttigieg's remarks.
"When LGBTQ+ journalism is dwindling despite our rights being threatened at higher rates, why come for queer media?" Picardi complained on Twitter.
Ahead of tomorrow’s LGBTQ+ Forum, I’d like to propose two questions for Pete to @ZachStafford, @angelicaross, and… https://t.co/vYOnA4ghsl— Phillip Picardi (@Phillip Picardi)1568904756.0
Zach Stafford, the Advocate's editor-in-chief, placed the blame on mainstream media instead.
On Twitter, he wrote, "Pete says LGBTQ media is to blame for the pieces dissecting whether he is 'gay enough' or not. However, those two big pieces were in Slate and The New Public. Not LGBTQ media."
Pete says LGBTQ media is to blame for the pieces dissecting whether he is "gay enough" or not. However, those tw… https://t.co/xYUjKnj47h— Zach Stafford (@Zach Stafford)1568906676.0
Chris Johnson, chief political and White House reporter for the Washington Blade, also addressed the Democrat's remarks.
"It's funny. I'd have thought the phrase 'I can't even read the LGBT media' would be something Trump would say as variation of his denunciation of 'Fake News.' But Trump didn't say that. It was Pete Buttigieg, a gay presidential candidate," he tweeted.
It's funny. I'd have thought the phrase "I can't even read the LGBT media" would be something Trump would say as va… https://t.co/aolFEZFkhX— Chris Johnson (@Chris Johnson)1568920337.0