9-year-old boy asks Pete Buttigieg for help coming out as gay at rally

February 24, 2020 | 9:33am | Updated February 24, 2020 | 12:23pm

A 9-year-old Colorado boy got kudos from openly gay Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg when he asked him during a rally for help telling the world that he’s also gay.

“Thank you for being so brave,” Zachary Ro’s question read. “Would you help me tell the world I’m gay too? I want to be brave like you.”

Zachary’s question — which he wrote on a piece of paper as he entered the Aurora, Colorado, rally Saturday night — was met with cheers and chants of “Love means love” from the nearly 4,000 people in attendance.

“I don’t think you need a lot of advice from me on bravery, you seem pretty strong,” Buttigieg said as he began to answer the boy.

“It took me a long time to figure out how to tell even my best friend that I was gay, let alone go out there and tell the world. And to see you willing to come to terms with you who you are in a room full of thousands of people you never met, that’s really something,” he added.

The former South Bend mayor went on to warn Zachary that, while “it won’t always be easy,” what’s really important is that “you know who you are,” because when you have that, “you have a center of gravity that can hold you together when all kinds of chaos is happening around you.”

Buttigieg’s husband, Chasten, then brought Zachary off stage and talked to him as the presidential candidate continued taking questions.

Democratic Presidential Candidate Pete Buttigieg Holds Town Hall In Denver

Pete Buttigieg (right) admires a bracelet given to him by Zachary Ro (center) while the two talk on stage.

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Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential candidate former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg attends a campaign event in Denver

Zachary Ro (center) talks to Chasten Buttigieg after his appearance on the rally stage.


After the rally, Zachary told the Colorado Sun, “It was exciting, and I felt really happy” about his interaction with the out presidential candidate, adding that he was “glad I was able to tell everyone in the audience that I’m gay.”

“I just feel inspired by Pete,” the 9-year-old told FOX31 Denver, adding, “I feel like he gave me some very good advice.”

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