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Pete Buttigieg

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By Brian Hurwitz

Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh recently drew bipartisan criticism for his rebuke of Democratic Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg and questioned whether or not America was ready for a gay President. Mayor Pete has certainly made no secret of his sexual orientation or his marriage to school teacher Chasten Glezman. To the contrary, Buttigieg affectionately embraces Chasten in front of audiences and television cameras alike. But rather than negatively impact his campaign, Mayor Pete continues to make history as he surges up the polls with seemingly unstoppable momentum in his run for the White House. And with other countries having already elected openly gay politicians into prominent and powerful positions, it looks like America may very well be (next)[].

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International Politicians

Rush Limbaugh
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In 2017, Ireland elected Leo Varadkar as its first openly gay Prime Minister and Head of the Republic of Ireland. Currently, he is enjoying unprecedented approval ratings while serving in that position. Johanna Siguroardottir is an Icelandic politician who served as that country's Prime Minister from 2009-2013. Well before that, she married her first wife in 1970 and, after they divorced in 1987, she entered into a civil union with another woman. Both Varadkar and Siguroardottir can regularly be seen with their partners at state functions.

American Politicians

Tammy Baldwin
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In 1999, Tammy Baldwin became the first openly gay individual to be elected to the United States Congress as a representative from Wisconsin. Then, in 2013, she became the first to be elected to the United States Senate. In 2012, longtime Massachusetts congressman Barney Frank became the first American politician to wed his partner. At present, several openly gay men and women serve in both houses, such as Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema, New York Congressman Sean Maloney and Kansas congresswoman Sharice Davids.


Neil Patrick Harris
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Former child star Neil Patrick Harris's career was rejuvenated by the hit show 'How I Met Your Mother.' In 2006, he came out to People magazine and later married longtime partner David Burtka, with whom he has two children. Harris remains one of the most popular stars on television. Two-time Academy Award-winning actress Jodie Foster has long been proud of her sexuality and married fellow artist and fellow artist Alexandra Hedison in 2014. And CNN anchor and journalist Anderson Cooper publicly came out in 2012.

World Renowned Athletes

Martina Navratilova
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Tennis legend Martina Navratilova first came out as bisexual in 1981 and later identified as a lesbian as she continued to dominate her field. American soccer star Megan Rapinoe who has won two World Cups and an Olympic gold medal, amongst countless other honors, publicly came out in 2012 and is a tireless advocate for LGBT organizations and causes. And in 2014, college football star Michael Sam made history as the first openly gay player to be drafted by an NFL team when the St. Louis Rams chose him in the seventh round.

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