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 ButtigiegPoll: Biden leads 2020 Democratic field by 15 points, followed by Sanders and Warren Biden announces plan to counteract mass incarceration Nashville radio host blocked by employer from airing his interview with Buttigieg 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 HarrisPoll: Biden leads 2020 Democratic field by 15 points, followed by Sanders and Warren Democrats, advocacy groups urge Pompeo to abolish new 'unalienable rights' commission Biden announces plan to counteract mass incarceration MORE (D-Calif.) and trailing Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenPoll: Biden leads 2020 Democratic field by 15 points, followed by Sanders and Warren Warren introduces bill to cancel student loan debt for millions Democrats, advocacy groups urge Pompeo to abolish new 'unalienable rights' commission MORE (D-Mass.) and Bernie SandersBernie SandersPoll: Biden leads 2020 Democratic field by 15 points, followed by Sanders and Warren Warren introduces bill to cancel student loan debt for millions Democrats, advocacy groups urge Pompeo to abolish new 'unalienable rights' commission MORE (I-Vt.) and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenPoll: Biden leads 2020 Democratic field by 15 points, followed by Sanders and Warren Booker takes swipe at Biden criminal justice reform plan Panel: Has Joe Biden been wrong on everything for 40 years? 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."