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Pete Buttigieg: What A Difference A Gay Makes

Written by on March 12, 2020

Story by Chuck Tackett

Pete Buttigieg: What A Difference A Gay Makes

I am sure most of you are apprised of the fact that 2020 Democratic Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg ended his historic campaign for President on Sunday, March 1st, 2020.

The million-dollar question of “Is the USA ready for an open LGBTQ+ individual to be President of the United States?” has been answered. Apparently, the answer is no. The United States continues not to put into practice what it says on paper: “All men are created equal.”

I will not hash over Mr. Buttigieg’s campaign. That is not what the subject of this article is about. It is not about Pete Buttigieg directly. It is about something else.

Lately, it seems, when racism in the LGBTQ+ community is talked about, it usually talks about White Gay men on apps like Grindr professing their racial dating preference of either “Whites Only” “No Blacks”, “No Latinos” and “No Asians” with the same unapologetic fervor of one’s favorite sports team. You wonder if this race-based preference correlates with negative attitudes toward people of color in general.

But that kind of racism is not what this particular Chuck’s Chat is about.

Since 1979, when I first became part of Kansas City’s LGBTQ+ society, I, unfortunately, became aware of the racism by some White Gay men at the discos and clubs.

It wasn’t until the late 1990s when I decided to not write about mindless fluff, but to become very political in my weekly Chuck’s Chat articles.

When I was elected Executive Vice President of my CWA (Communication Workers of America) Local Union in the 1980s, I learned that politics affects every aspect of our lives, whether we like it or not. Several times, my Local sent me to attend the CWA National Legislative Conference to meet and listen to several politicians. One or two days while we were there, we met with our Congressional Representatives and Senators personally, to discuss issues that would affect poor and middle financial class folks.

Back when Chuck’s Chat was new in the late 1990s, I realized that a number of my LGBTQ+ brethren were not heeding the warning that our Civil Rights would be in jeopardy if we didn’t stay vigilant. I was met with hostility and made fun of by some. I didn’t know if it was the message, the messenger, or both. Regardless, I didn’t stray from my messages and continued. Occasionally, I would put in a fun article. 

Back in late 2006 and in 2007, when Barack Obama was vying for the nomination to be the Democratic nominee for President, some of these racist White Gay men in Kansas City made the assumption I supported Senator Obama, only for the sole reason that he was Black. Some of these racist White Gay men would be at the bar talking loudly about Barack Obama negatively, making sure I heard them. I refused to be baited by them.

When Senator Obama won the nomination, and eventually the Presidency, racist White Gay men expressed to me that he was bi-racial and not Black. They were trying to squash the historic significance for me. THIS time, I just laughed in their faces. I replied, “Oh, he will be a nigger the moment he makes a decision you don’t agree with.”

I have no idea whether or not the racist White Gay men I encountered were Log Cabin Republicans. I think they are self-hating and loathsome. They creep me out like Trumplican loving people of color or women.

Some of these same racist Gay White men still read my articles. Some of them have had selective amnesia of the things that were said to me by them. Let me go on record. Barack Obama was not my first choice to be the nominee. I supported Senator John Edwards at first, but when he had to drop out of the race because of his infamous scandal concerning his mistress, and his out-of-wedlock child, my support went to Barack Obama.

Now, let’s flash forward to the present. I realize that some of you believed Pete Buttigieg was the best choice to be the nominee. That’s fine.

But, let’s not play with each other. Some of you supported Buttigieg hoping to be a part of history. You sorely wanted to see Pete as President and his husband Chasten to be President and the First Gentleman.

Well, what a difference a Gay makes. Some of you are doing the EXACT same thing you accused Black people of doing. Only voting for Barack Obama for President because he is Black.

That is nothing but projection and deflection games. Maybe some of you racist White Gay men are nothing but closeted Republicans. Also, I said RACIST White Gay men. I did not say ALL White Gay men, so don’t try to play that card either, boys. Some of you really need to check yourselves before you wreck yourselves.

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