Chasten Buttigieg to talk husband's presidential bid, coronavirus in new memoir
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Former 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegBusiness groups target moderate Democrats on Biden tax plans Biden plugs infrastructure with a personal favorite: Amtrak CDC says cruises could begin in July MORE's husband, Chasten Buttigieg, is publishing a memoir Tuesday that hits a wide range of topics, including stories from the campaign trail with the former South Bend, Ind., mayor.

In "I Have Something to Tell You," Chasten Buttigieg tells stories about his Michigan upbringing, discusses the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and describes the challenges he and his husband faced as Pete Buttigieg became the first openly gay presidential candidate to gain major traction.

"I wanted to write my real story. And some of that was being really honest about what I thought, what I went through and what I experienced and navigated and some of it was heartbreaking," Chasten Buttigieg told USA Today in an interview published Monday.


"In politics, you're not supposed to open up about those things," he continued. "It seems like people don't share their vulnerabilities because if you were ever vulnerable or something happened to you, then somehow it makes you weak. And I just don't understand that and I don't prescribe to that thinking."

The topics he addresses in the book include a past sexual assault as well as a physical altercation with a former partner.

He also describes criticism during the presidential primary from LGBTQ advocates who argued that Pete Buttigieg's sexuality was being shoved aside.

"I would be sitting in these LGBTQ centers, with young queer people who are really trying to determine whether or not they want to exist, opening up about their mental health, opening up about their struggle and their journey to finding shelter. And then I see people policing the boundaries of queerness, deciding there is a right way and a wrong way to exist and to present as if queerness was performative," Chasten Buttigieg, a teacher, told USA Today.

That argument that either Buttigieg was burying their sexuality, he added, was "really dangerous, especially for people in rural areas, really conservative areas whose lives are still in danger simply for existing."

The former mayor ended his bid for the Democratic nomination earlier this year, endorsing former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenCensus results show White House doubling down on failure Poll: Americans back new spending, tax hikes on wealthy, but remain wary of economic impact True immigration reform requires compromise from both sides of the aisle MORE (D), the eventual nominee. Pete Buttigieg finished the primary season in fifth place overall in terms of number of delegates.