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MANCEHSTER, NH, – Tonight, as seven candidates prepare to take the stage in the first Democratic debate after the Iowa caucus, RespectAbility’s Ben Spangenberg and Justin Chappell will be in the media spin room trying to get candidates on the record on disability issues. They are there on behalf of The RespectAbility Report, an online publication at the intersection of U.S. politics and disability.

 

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“Now there is no question we are on a journey to elect the first openly gay president of the United States – and that is astounding.”

 

After days of speculation and partially-reported results, it is official: Pete Buttigieg won the Iowa caucuses. It is a milestone moment for the LGBTQ community and all of America, with Pete becoming the first openly LGBTQ person in history to win a presidential primary. The impact of the moment was evident in a speech he gave in New Hampshire Tuesday night, saying his victory “validates for a kid somewhere in a community wondering if he belongs or she belongs or they belong in their own family.” His use of the pronoun “they” in the closely watched speech is emblematic of the transformation an openly LGBTQ presidential candidate can have on the race and the country.

  

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Pete Buttigieg Makes History Even Before Iowa Results;

First LGBTQ Person to Run in Iowa Democratic Caucuses

 

Today Pete Buttigieg will become the first openly LGBTQ person to run in the Iowa Democratic caucuses – a historic moment for the LGBTQ community and all Americans. It is one of the many historic firsts of Buttigieg’s candidacy, including being the first openly LGBTQ Democratic presidential candidate in American history and the first to be a top contender in national polls. LGBTQ Victory Fund endorsed Buttigieg on the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising in June of 2019. It was Buttigieg’s first national endorsement.

 

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