Human Rights Campaign: U.S. Senate Must Swiftly Confirm the Nomination of Pete Buttigieg for Secretary of the Department of Transportation

by HRC staff

Post submitted by Viet Tran (he/him/they/them), former HRC Press Secretary

Human Rights Campaign calls on the U.S. Senate to swiftly confirm the nomination of Pete Buttigieg as Secretary of the Department of Transportation. If confirmed, Buttigieg will become the first openly LGBTQ, Senate-confirmed person to lead a department and hold a Cabinet-level position.

Today, Secretary-designate Pete Buttigieg has proven he is more than qualified to serve as Secretary of Transportation. His background, record of accomplishment in South Bend and dedication to improving and rebuilding our infrastructure demonstrate he is the ideal individual to lead the Department to meet its mission. Throughout Pete’s trailblazing career, his openness about his identity has given our community a powerful voice. The Human Rights Campaign congratulates Mayor Pete Buttigieg on his exceptional performance today and urges the United States Senate to swiftly confirm him as Secretary of Transportation.

Alphonso David, President of the Human Rights Campaign

In early 2019, Pete Buttigieg was the first openly gay candidate to run for a Democratic presidential nomination, where he became the first openly LGBTQ person of any party to earn a delegate and win a state caucus or primary.

Pete Buttigieg served as the mayor of South Bend, Indiana from 2012-2019. After coming out as gay in 2015, Buttigieg became the first openly LGBTQ executive in the state and the highest elected official in Indiana to come out. In late 2015, he was re-elected to his second term as mayor of South Bend with more than 80 percent of the vote. A champion of LGBTQ equality, Buttigieg helped lead the fight against then-Indiana governor Mike Pence’s efforts to license discrimination against LGBTQ Hoosiers in 2015. Buttigieg is also an outspoken advocate of the Equality Act — critically important, bipartisan legislation that would finally provide clear protections against discrimination for LGBTQ people across the country.

HRC recently released the Blueprint for Positive Change 2020, an important brief that includes 85 individual policy recommendations, reaching across the federal government, aimed at bettering the daily lives of LGBTQ people at home and abroad. Recommendations included ensuring consistent administrative implementation of Bostock v. Clayton County across all agencies enforcing civil rights statutes and provisions and appointing openly-LGBTQ cabinet officials, justices, judges, executive staff and ambassadors.

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