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Watch Every Thing Pete Buttigieg Said at the DNC 2020

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Other LGBTQ+ politicians like Danica Roem, Tammy Baldwin, and Robert Garcia also spoke. 

After a weeklong virtual event, on Thursday Joe Biden and Kamala Harris officially accepted the Democratic party's nominations as the president and vice president nominees for the upcoming election. But, as a part of the night, the party called in more than a few buzzy names: Kerry Washington, Stacey Abrams, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and more. They also called in former Biden competitors like Pete Buttigieg.

"Just over 10 years ago, I joined a military where firing me because of who I am wasn't just possible, it was policy," Buttigieg said as a part of his speech after being introduced by Louis-Dreyfus. "Now, in 2020, it is unlawful in America to fire someone because of who they are, or who they love. The very ring on my finger, a wedding we celebrated, here where I'm standing, reflects how this country can change. Love makes my marriage real, but political courage made it possible, including that of Joe Biden, who stepped out ahead even of this party, when he said that marriage equality ought to be the law of the land." Buttigieg was referring to Biden coming out in support of the issue, prior even to Barack Obama.

"There is a long way to go," Buttigieg continued later. "But if this much can change between 2010 and 2020, imagine what could change between now and 2030. Imagine what we could achieve. This coalition we are building this very season gathering progresses and moderates, independents, and even what I like to call future former Republicans standing for an America where everyone belongs. Joe Biden is right."

At the end of his speech, Buttigieg reaffrmed his support for Biden and announced his support for Harris as the vice presidential nominee. Then handed the provervial mic off to a roundtable filled with former competitors for the nomination including Cory Booker, Bernie Sanders, Amy Klobuchar, Elizabeth Warren, Andrew Yang, and Buttigieg himself. At one point during the conversation, Buttigieg recalled a personal moment with Biden.

"He pulled me aside at one point and he pointed to somebody we both knew who was working on my campaign but he had known from before," Buttigieg said, recalling a moment at a steak fry. "[He] let me know that that was somebody who had gone through a family tragedy that Joe somehow knew about and just thought it was important for me to know that about someone who was working with me. Over time I realized that was just basic to who he is but that was something that stuck with me."

Buttigieg wasn't the only LGBTQ+ politician to speak on closing night though. Senator Tammy Baldwin spoke of how her own personal health troubles as a child informed her fight for better healthcare, which happened alongside the efforts of Biden and Obama while she was in office.

"It was a big effing deal," she said. "That's the America I know, that's the America I love, and that's the America we will be with Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in the White House. A nation that plans, a nation that builds, a nation that builds back. Say it with me there at home, a nation that builds back better. Here in Wisconsin, our state motto is just one word, forward. This November, let's move forward and never look back. Thank you."

Danica Roem also later spoke about wanting a President of the United States "who can look at a trans woman in the eye and tell her her rights are worth protecting," while Long Beach, California Mayor Robert Garcia added that we also want a president that "will pass comprehensive immigration reform."

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