“I Have Something to Tell You: A Memoir” by Chasten Buttigieg— Growing Up Gay

Buttigieg, Chasten. “I Have Something to Tell You: A Memoir”, Atria Books, 2020.

Growing Up Gay

Amos Lassen

Chasten Buttigieg’s “I Have Something to Tell you” is an honest and moving memoir by the husband of former Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg. He shares what it was to growi up gay in his small Midwestern town, his relationship with Pete, and his hopes for America’s future.

In the past year,  Chasten Glezman Buttigieg has come on to the national stag. He left his teaching job in South Bend, Indiana, to travel cross-country supporting his husband during Pete’s groundbreaking presidential campaign. During the campaign we read his social media posts and got a behind-the-scenes look at his life with Pete  and the moments he shared were both surprising and mundane, but above all, they always came from his heart.

Chasten recounts his journey to finding acceptance as a gay man. Growing up, he knew he was different and he indeed he felt different from his father and brothers. He tells us his coming out story and shares how he’s healed from telling his secret to his family, friends, community, and the world. Here is the story of meeting his boyfriend, whom he married and who becomes a major and important Democratic leader. His story is an inspirational look atgrowing up in America and finding and accepting embracing his true self.

Chasten writes with humor, heart, and humility as he shows how one person’s story and his active engagement in fighting for change can be so important in mobilizing others to see themselves in their future. We are reminded that by telling our stories and being there for one another, empowers others to shre their stories.

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