Gay mafia powers, activate!
Pete Buttigieg has officially announced his bid to become the youngest and first openly gay president of the United States, and Hollywood’s gay elite are cracking open their pink checkbooks.
Emmy-winning producer Ryan Murphy and husband David Miller are planning a high-profile industry fundraiser for Buttigieg's campaign this summer, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The A-list co-hosts include Billy Eichner; Matt Bomer and husband Simon Halls; Love, Simon director Greg Berlanti and husband Robbie Rogers; CAA partner Bryan Lourd and husband Bruce Bozzi; former People editor Jess Cagle and husband Matt Whitney; and CAA partner Kevin Huvane.
The event will be held June 19 at Murphy and Miller's Los Angeles home. The couple previously hosted a fundraiser for another 2020 presidential hopeful, Sen. Kamala Harris.
Buttigieg has already received donations from celebrities like Ryan Reynolds, Mandy Moore, Jane Lynch, Paul Rudnick, The L Word creator Ilene Chaiken, and Fox CEO James Murdoch.
A major New York fundraiser for was held last week at the home of Broadway mogul Jordan Roth and producer husband Richie Jackson.
At the top of his campaign announcement speech last weekend in South Bend, Indiana, the 37-year-old mayor thanked his husband, "my love" Chasten, "for giving me the strength to do this and the grounding to be myself as we go." After the speech, Chasten joined his husband at the podium, where they embraced and shared a kiss.
Buttigieg recently explored the significance of that brief public display of affection as a guest on Late Night With Seth Meyers. "If nothing else," he said, "even in this dark and complicated and bleak moment in American politics, it’s a reason to be hopeful."
During a January press conference, Buttigieg described his marriage as "the most important thing in my life."
Born in South Bend, Indiana’s fourth largest city with roughly 100,000 residents, Buttigieg is a Harvard graduate, a Rhodes scholar, and a veteran Naval lieutenant who served in Afghanistan. He was elected mayor in 2011 and, despite governing as a progressive Democrat in a very red state, was reelected for a second term.
Buttigieg came out publicly as gay in an open letter printed in the South Bend Tribune in 2015, shortly before the Supreme Court's ruling on federal marriage equality, making him Indiana's first openly gay executive and that state's highest elected official to come out.
If Buttigieg wins the Democratic nomination, he would become the first openly gay presidential nominee from a major political party. Fred Karger's bid for the 2012 Republican nomination made him the first openly gay major party presidential candidate.
The presidential hopeful has surged to third place in early Iowa and New Hampshire popularity polls of Democratic voters, behind Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders.
Earlier this month at the LGBTQ Victory Fund National Champagne Brunch, Buttigieg said he wished the "Mike Pences of the world would understand that if you've got a problem with who I am, your problem is not with me—your quarrel, sir, is with my creator."
The progressive Christian candidate later addressed Vice President and former Indiana Governor Pence’s comments accusing Buttigieg of criticizing Pence's faith. "I don’t have a problem with religion," he told Ellen DeGeneres. "I’m religious, too. I have a problem with religion being used as a justification to harm people, and especially in the LGBTQ community.”