South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg landed the cover of Time magazine along with his husband, Chasten Buttigieg, for the magazine’s May 13 issue.
The Democratic presidential candidate and his husband are shown standing outside of their Indiana home with the headline “First Family.” Underneath it reads, “The unlikely, untested and unprecedented campaign of Mayor Pete Buttigieg.”
In the story, Pete describes his time in the military and some of the homophobia he encountered from fellow officers. However, he says now some of them have reached out with their support.
“I bet some of them still go back and tell gay jokes because that’s their habit, you know? Bad habits and bad instincts is not the same as people being bad people,” Pete says.
Pete says he’s a believer in forgiveness and that, “We’ve got to get away from this kill-switch mentality that we see on Twitter.”
“This idea that we just sort people into baskets of good and evil ignores the central fact of human existence, which is that each of us is a basket of good and evil,” he added. “The job of politics is to summon the good and beat back the evil.”
Chasten, 29, is a former junior high school teacher who currently works as an adviser and campaign spokesman to Pete. The couple met on a dating app in 2015 and married last year.
Chasten praised the cover writing on Instagram,” If only 13 year old Chasten could’ve seen 29 year old Chasten.”
The issue hits newsstands on Friday.