Chasten Buttigieg: 'I wish I could tell you that' every message I receive isn't 'homophobic'

Chasten Buttigieg: 'I wish I could tell you that' every message I receive isn't 'homophobic'

Chasten Buttigieg, husband to South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegFive takeaways from the Democratic debate As Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Gabbard, Buttigieg battle over use of military in Mexico MORE (D), said he's proud of the progress that has been made in the gay rights movement leading to his husband's presidential candidacy, but warned that there is still a long way to go "for equality."

"The fight for equality is far from over," Buttigieg said Monday at a Democratic National Convention gala for LGBTQ rights in New York. 

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"I wish I could stand here and tell you that all of the responses to my husband running for president have either been positive or that the criticisms have simply been about his policy decisions," Buttigieg continued.

"I wish I could tell you that every voicemail, email, social media message and text that I receive isn't hateful, bigoted or homophobic. I wish I could tell you that the world has unequivocally accepted Peter and I, but I cant," he said. "And that's why I march."

The 37-year-old mayor, who had less name recognition than many of his competitors when he entered the race, has risen to the top tier of the crowded Democratic field.

In the RealClearPolitics average, Pete Buttigieg is polling at 7 percent, placing him in fourth place, ahead of Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisFive takeaways from the Democratic debate Gabbard, Buttigieg battle over use of military in Mexico Leading Democrats largely pull punches at debate MORE (D-Calif.) and trailing Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenFive takeaways from the Democratic debate As Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Leading Democrats largely pull punches at debate MORE (D-Mass.) and Bernie SandersBernie SandersFive takeaways from the Democratic debate As Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Leading Democrats largely pull punches at debate MORE (I-Vt.) and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFive takeaways from the Democratic debate As Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Leading Democrats largely pull punches at debate MORE.

"Peter's campaign has been historic because of his sexuality, but it's equally historic because it's not about his sexuality," Chasten Buttigieg said. 

The acceptance and progress that has been made over the past few decades toward the LGBTQ community, however, is seen by only some, he said.

Those freedoms still depend on "your zip code, on your race and your income," he said. 

"In the last two years we’ve seen just how quickly hard-fought progress can be chipped away by those whose ideology is driven by prejudice," Buttigieg said. 

"Our progress is impressive," he added, "But every pat on the back we give ourselves should serve as a push forward."