Pete Buttigieg is gay and out. What that means for Biden’s cabinet

LGBTQ organizations and advocates across the country lauded Joe Biden’s nomination of Pete Buttigieg as national transportation secretary.

Now, he’s making history again as the first openly gay man to be nominated to a cabinet role, with President-elect Joe Biden tapping Buttigieg this week as his pick for U.S. transportation secretary.

As Buttigieg accepted the nomination Wednesday afternoon, he recalled how as a 17-year-old in Indiana, he watched the experience of James Hormel, who President Bill Clinton nominated as ambassador to Luxembourg in 1998 — an appointment Senate Republicans balked at for two years in protest.

“I can remember watching the news… (and) seeing a story about an appointee of President Clinton named to be an ambassador attacked and denied a vote in the Senate because he was gay — ultimately able to serve only by a recess appointment,” he said. “And I learned something about some of the limits that exist in this country when it comes to who is allowed to belong. But just as important, I saw how those limits could be challenged.”

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