Pete Buttigieg attacks LGBTQ media after mainstream media keeps asking if he’s ‘gay enough’

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg attacked LGBTQ media yesterday, saying that he can’t read LGBTQ media because of the constant criticisms of his sexuality.

He was talking to Clay Cane on The Clay Cane Show on the SiriusXM Urban View channel.

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Cane, who is gay, asked: “I’m sure you’ve heard this before in LGBT circles that more masculine-presenting men have more access. How different would it be if you were quote-unquote, ‘more effeminate?’”

Buttigieg sounded peeved: “It’s tough for me to know. I just am what I am, and, you know, there’s going to be a lot of that. That’s why I — I can’t even read the LGBT media anymore, because it’s all, ‘He’s 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 and I’ll let other people write up whether I’m ‘too this’ or ‘too that.’”

That… is a striking statement, to say the least. The pattern of the past year has generally been straight media hiring LGBTQ writers to criticize Buttigieg’s gender expression and question if he has enough connections to LGBTQ people – issues they never raise with straight candidates. Straight media has also asked if Buttigieg has even faced any oppression due to homophobia, which is a staggeringly ignorant question.

LGBTQ media, though, has repeatedly called out these columns that appear in straight media.

For example, Slate ran a piece in March by Christina Cauterucci that argued that Buttigieg’s sexuality “can remain unspoken and unnoticed for as long as” he wants it to and “would register on only the most finely tuned gaydar.”

Even though he’s married to a man. A man with a large Twitter following. If people can’t figure out that Mayor Pete is gay, that’s on them.

But he was the wrong kind of gay for Slate.

In April, straight publication The Outline published an even more offensive column by gay writer Jacob Bacharach with the title “Why Pete Buttigieg is bad for gays.”

Bacharach wrote that Mayor Pete is “a very particular kind of scrubbed, upwardly mobile, largely white, well-dressed, unutterably corny gay,” which made him bad for gay people.

In other words, The Outline – a straight publication – ran a column that accused Buttigieg of being “the wrong kind of gay.”

LGBTQ Nation responded to both columns with a piece entitled, “Why Pete Buttigieg is good for gays.”

But the attacks haven’t stopped….

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