2020 presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg was rebuked by LGBT advocates after a two-year-old photo surfaced of the South Bend mayor volunteering as a Salvation Army Christmas Kettle bell-ringer to collect money for the needy.
The LGBT website Out published the photo Tuesday, along with some angry reactions.
Zack Ford, press secretary for the Alliance for Justice, slammed Buttigieg for volunteering with an organization that he deems anti-LGBT, saying:
"I know the photos are two years old, but still, I can't help but wonder if Mayor Pete just looks at what LGBTQ activists have been working on for years and then chooses to spite it."
Many others voiced their displeasure after the article was published.
🔦 Pete Buttigieg is gay and is married to a man.
The Salvation Army photo was from a 2017 competition in South Bend to raise funds for the needy. In a story about the efforts, Buttigieg said:
"The competition is fun, but this is really about those who are most in need. We've got a lot of folks who are facing a holiday season and who are facing challenges, and organizations like the Salvation Army are doing so much to help. We've got to make sure we show what a generous community we are at a time like this."