Much of the mayor’s biography can seem orchestrated for a presidential run: Harvard graduate, Rhodes scholar, veteran, Midwesterner. For most of his life, Buttigieg didn’t include his identity as a gay man in that public story. Unlike parts of his resume that seemed so carefully planned, this was beyond his control. And it was an identity that, for a long time, he didn’t believe could line up with his political ambitions.
His coming out story marked the moment when he chose to reconcile a carefully constructed public image with an important part of himself that he’d kept secret. That’s the moment we asked him to talk about for today’s episode.