Pete Buttigieg Meets with Black LGBTQ Leaders during Houston Visit

OutSmart Magazine | 5/6/2019 | Staff
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Mayor Pete Buttigieg (back left) met with black LGBTQ advocates Harrison Guy,Vincent Pryor, DeeDee Watters, Marvetta Walker, Darnell Fennell, Leslie Jackson, Shon Stewart, and Jeffrey Campbell in Houston on May 4.

Prior to Pete Buttigieg’s official campaign fundraiser in EaDo on May 4, the openly gay 2020 contender dropped by the home of Houston activist Vincent Pryor for a panel discussion that addressed several issues important to black LGBTQ Americans.

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When Buttigieg and his husband, Chasten, arrived at Pryor’s residence, nearly two dozen guests greeted the couple with handshakes and hugs, eager to be a part of the conversation.

The meeting with Buttigieg––facilitated by Harrison Guy, co-chair of Mayor Sylvester Turner’s LGBTQ Advisory Board––was an extension of Black Like Us, an annual University of Houston Black History Month event. Members of the discussion panel were all black religious leaders or black LGBTQ persons of faith.

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“Part of why I’m spending time [with you] today is to try to have a listening ear wherever I go,” Buttigieg told attendees. “[My team] is taking on board the sense of both the vocabulary and the substance of what our country needs.”

While the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has been praised for his work in revitalizing his city’s economy, many black South Bend citizens say that Buttigieg’s success was at their expense. The presidential hopeful has also faced some backlash for recently stating that prisoners should not be allowed to vote.

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Buttigieg addressed these concerns and more during the panel discussion.

Harrison Guy opened the meeting by introducing himself and the rest of the discussion panel––Vincent Pryor, DeeDee Watters, Marvetta Walker, Darnell Fennell, Leslie Jackson, Shon Stewart, and Jeffrey Campbell. Guy then asked Buttigieg his first question: “What does it mean to be an out, gay, person of faith running for president?”

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