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Dating App Where Mayor Pete, Husband Chasten Met Enjoys Soaring Popularity

Thursday May 30, 2019
Chasten Glezman Buttigieg and husband 'Mayor Pete' Buttigieg
Chasten Glezman Buttigieg and husband 'Mayor Pete' Buttigieg  (Source:AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

A career in public office isn't for everyone, but dating apps offer even the loneliest hearts an additional avenue to search for connection. As the prospects for South Bend, Indiana mayor and openly gay Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg soar, so too does the popularity of the app that brought Mayor Pete together with the man he married, Chasten Glezman Buttigieg, reports Fortune.

As previously reported here at EDGE, Buttigieg and Glezman met on the dating app Hinge — a suitably modern wrinkle in the story of a candidate whose appeal to younger voters is the fact that he, like them, is under 40 and will have to face the consequences of a reckless older generation's poor choices regarding energy policy and the stewardship of the environment. And, like the younger generation, Hinge is less about stuffing people into boxes than bringing them together: Video at the app's home page shows smiling couples of ever configuration, some of mixed-gender and some of them same-gender.

Even so, it's among gay men that Hinge has seen its popularity take off. As Fortune reports:

According to Hinge, there's been a 30% increase in profiles created by gay, male individuals since April 1, roughly the time when "Mayor Pete" became a household name. The growth in other demographics, meanwhile, has remained mostly stable.

Buttigieg has been anything but shy when it comes to declaring openly who he is and who he loves. Though his authenticity has made him a target for homophobic hecklers, Buttigieg has stood strong, effortlessly defending both is faith and his marriage. When anti-LGBTQ evangelical figurehead Franklin Graham lashed out at Buttigieg, the candidate told it like it is, declaring, "I have a lot to repent for when it comes to my marriage: Moments when I have not been as caring as I should be, moments when I've been selfish, moments when I've said a harsh word that I wish I could take back, but one thing that I absolutely should not be repentant for in the context of my marriage is the fact that I'm in love with my husband."

Glezman seems to be as popular as his husband, and the two of them have been readily accepted by the American mainstream, allaying early fears that an openly gay married man might not be electable. TIME Magazine went so far as to anoint Buttigieg and his husband America's "First Family" on a cover earlier this month.

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