As the new Congress convened this week, a historic number of LGBTQ people will make up the U.S. House. Nine openly LGBTQ candidates were elected this past November, seven of whom were incumbents.
Pete Buttigieg, who has served as mayor of South Bend, Ind. since 2012, came out as a gay man in a self-penned essay published by the South Bend Tribune. This past April he declared his candidacy for president of the United States. Mayor Buttigieg and I spoke on the phone about his campaign, his values, and who he looks up to in the LGBTQ community.