Chasten Buttigieg’s Memoir Is an Unexpectedly Candid Act of Outreach, Acknowledgment, and Visibility

Chasten Buttigieg, husband of former presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, has a memoir due out in September called I Have Something to Tell You that is an unexpectedly candid act of outreach, acknowledgment, and visibility for queer folks.


People magazine said: “Much of I Have Something to Tell You covers Chasten’s life before he met Pete — famously, so go the headlines, on a dating app in 2015 — and it does not shy away from the ache of those earlier years, including what he has described as homelessness, suicidal thoughts, sexual assault and a period of alienation from his parents because he was gay.”

“I’m thinking about a lot of young people out there who were just wondering, ‘Do people involved in politics even see me? Do they get me?’ I took a lot of deep breaths and decided I’m just going to put this on the page,” Chasten says.

“Life can be really muddy and confusing and heartbreaking,” he continues, saying he has been through abuse and bad relationships. “Sometimes we just have to take a deep breath and say, “Yeah, this was rough, and I want you to know that.’ ”

Pete Buttigieg is joined by his husband Chasten Glezman after he announced that he will seek the Democratic presidential nomination during a rally in South Bend, Ind., Sunday, April 14, 2019. Buttigieg, 37, is serving his second term as the mayor of South Bend. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Still a few months out from the publication date, I Have Something to Tell You isn’t quite finished. But Chasten has all the time he needs while staying at home with Pete and their two dogs, Buddy and Truman, during the novel coronavirus pandemic. (Pete ended his presidential bid in March.)

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