On Aug. 17 U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg and his husband Chasten announced they are adopting a child and will become parents.

Chasten Glezman Buttigieg and Pete Buttigieg have been dating since 2015 and were married in June 2018.

Secretary Buttigieg is the first out LGBTQ person ever confirmed for a Cabinet level position by the U.S. Senate. He made the announcement on his social media accounts of Twitter and Instagram.

Chasten, a teacher, wrote a memoir about growing up gay in the Midwest, coming out, and supporting Pete in his bid to become President of the United States.

Mayor Annise Parker, President & CEO of LGBTQ Victory Institute, released the following statement about the news:  

“On the campaign trail, Pete and Chasten upended stereotypes and transformed perceptions for millions of Americans less familiar with LGBTQ people and their lives. As parents, they will now shine a national spotlight on LGBTQ families, who often face daunting challenges because of outdated policies that narrowly define what families are.

"Their adoption is an opportunity to have a national dialogue about creating a legal and legislative framework that supports all parents and children. Yet this is primarily about love and family, and we are absolutely thrilled for Pete and Chasten and know they will be fantastic fathers.”

About Victory Institute

LGBTQ Victory Institute works to achieve and sustain global equality through leadership development, training, and convening to increase the number, expand the diversity, and ensure the success of openly LGBTQ elected and appointed officials at all levels of government.

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