Pete Buttigieg, the transportation secretary, stated on Saturday that he and his husband, Chasten, have been now the mother and father of two kids, making him the primary overtly homosexual cupboard secretary to change into a dad or mum whereas serving.
“We are delighted to welcome Penelope Rose and Joseph August Buttigieg to our family,” Mr. Buttigieg, 39, stated in a press release on social media, sharing a photograph of his daughter and son for the primary time since asserting final month that they might change into mother and father.
In the picture, the couple, seated on a hospital mattress, are smiling as they every cradle a new child. The Buttigiegs didn’t instantly reply to a cellphone name looking for remark.
Mr. Buttigieg surfaced in nationwide politics when he entered the presidential race in 2019 as mayor of South Bend, Ind. This yr, Mr. Buttigieg and Chasten, 32, relocated to Washington after Mr. Buttigieg grew to become transportation secretary, making him the primary overtly homosexual cupboard member to be confirmed by the Senate. He can be the youngest member of President Biden’s cupboard.
Mr. Buttigieg and Chasten, a former center college instructor, wed in 2018. Since Mr. Buttigieg entered the nationwide highlight, they’ve usually sought to upend perceptions of homosexual relationships.
“People are accustomed to politics looking a different way, and you’re here to make sure that, you know, it can look a different way,” Chasten stated in an interview with The New York Times this spring.
The couple had been exploring adoption in latest months. Chasten, who wrote a memoir revealed in June about rising up homosexual within the Midwest, additionally just lately informed USA Today that the couple was navigating the method of beginning a household.
“We have quite a few friends in our circle who’ve navigated that, so we’ve just been having a lot of conversations with friends and started trying to figure out what will work for us,” he stated.
After the couple indicated final month that they have been within the technique of adopting kids, activists stated that the Buttigiegs’ announcement may reshape assumptions of homosexual fatherhood.
“As parents, they will now shine a national spotlight on L.G.B.T.Q. families, who often face daunting challenges because of outdated policies that narrowly define what families are,” Annise Parker, the president of the Victory Institute, a corporation that helps put together L.G.B.T.Q. individuals to run for political workplace, stated in a press release.