The boy joined Buttigieg on the platform as his question was answered.
“Would you help me telling the world that I’m gay, too? I want to be brave like you,” was the question that 9-year old Zachary Ro asked Pete Buttigieg at a rally in Denver over the weekend.
As the boy made his way to the platform, the crowd chanted “love is love.”
Buttigieg reflected on his own difficulty with coming out as gay and applauded the boy for his bravery in coming out in front of thousands of strangers.
BUTTIGIEG: I don’t think you need a lot of advice from me on bravery. You seem pretty strong. To see you… It took me a long time to tell even my best friend that I was gay, let alone to go out there and tell the world, and to see you willing to come to terms with who you are in a room full of a thousand people, thousands of people you’ve never met, that’s really something. So, let me tell you a couple of things that might be useful. The first thing is that it won’t always be easy, but that’s okay, because you know who you are. And that’s really important because when you know who you are, you have a center of gravity that can hold you together when all kinds of chaos is happening around you. That’s the first thing I want you to know. The second thing I want you to know is that you’ll never know who is taking their lead from you — who is watching you and deciding that they can be a little braver because you have been brave. When I was trying to figure out who I was, I was afraid that who I was might mean that I could never make a difference, and what wound up happening instead, is that it’s a huge part of the difference that I make and I could never have seen that coming. And you’ll never know whose life you might be affecting right now by standing here — right now. There’s a lot of power in that. And the last thing I want you to know is, even if I can’t promise that it’ll be easy, I can promise you that I’m gonna be rooting for you and I think there’s a whole bunch of people here who are going to be rooting for you, as well.
KDVR reporter Joe St. George spoke to Zachary after the rally. The boy said, “I just feel inspired by Pete being openly gay and running for president at the same time and someday, I want to be like him.”
— Joe St. George (@JoeStGeorge) February 23, 2020
This has been labeled a “powerful moment” and lauded by both the left and even by some on the right.
But… I don’t like this “powerful” moment.
I don’t know Zachary Ro, and he may be absolutely correct on his sexual orientation. I just have problems with kids making definitive public statements on their sexual identity before they hit puberty. It is just weird for any child to declare their sexual attraction to any type of person — and that’s precisely what coming out means — let alone doing so in front of thousands of strangers and in front of cameras.
Zachary is just a 9-year old boy, and he was shaking up there on stage. It just looked to me like one of those moments that the Media(D) would use to bludgeon social conservatives for their views on homosexuality. The virtue-signaling left insists that the photo op is more important than any possible long-term ramifications.
This is the kind of thing that social conservatives are concerned about, though — that children are thinking about sexual identity before puberty even hits. That’s not Zachary’s fault, it’s the fault of the culture that he’s growing up in.
Perhaps instead of holding Zachary aloft as an example to all, Buttigieg should have gone to him quietly after the event. But then, that doesn’t grab the attention of the Partisan Press, does it?