Another LGBTQ first with the Biden Administration! Elections do matter and do have consequences! In this case for the better!!
Via Huffington Post:
The Senate on Tuesday confirmed former 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg to lead the Transportation Department, making him the first openly gay person confirmed to a Cabinet seat.
The former South Bend, Indiana, mayor was confirmed 86-13 in the upper chamber. Sen. Krysten Sinema (D-Ariz.), the first openly bisexual U.S. senator, announced the vote.
“I’m honored and humbled by today’s vote in the Senate ― and ready to get to work,” Buttigeig tweeted later Tuesday.
LGBTQ rights advocates cheered Buttigieg’s historic confirmation.
“This confirmation breaks through a barrier that has existed for too long, where LGBTQ identity served as an impediment to nomination or confirmation at the highest level of government,” Human Rights Campaign President Alphonso David said in a statement.
Richard Grenell, who briefly served as acting director of national intelligence during the Trump administration, was an openly gay member of Cabinet. Unlike Buttigieg, he was never confirmed by the Senate.
During his confirmation hearing on Jan. 21, Buttigieg promised to invest in the country’s transportation infrastructure in ways that will improve its safety, grow the economy and tackle climate change.