Chasing the L.G.B.T.Q. Millennial American Dream

The New York Times 
by Jeremy Allen
June 13, 2019


Even in the twilight of print media, news buffs pause to take notice when Time magazine centers its red cover crop on a subject — elevating it, if only for a week, to the subject.

On May 13, it was Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind., a Democratic presidential contender, and his husband, Chasten. “First Family,” the headline proclaimed. Beneath it stood the couple, arm in arm in front of their stately porch — Mr. Buttigieg’s wedding ring on clear display.

It was only four years ago that same-sex marriage became the law of the land. As millennials, Mr. Buttigieg, 37, and Chasten, who turns 30 this month, belong to the first generation of L.G.B.T.Q. people free to marry nationwide at the same age as their straight counterparts: 29.8 years is the median age for men and 27.8 for women, according to the 2018 census.

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