Mayor Pete Gets His First Big Hollywood Fundraiser

Gay A-listers are giving the Midwestern mayor a bump

South Bend, Indiana, mayor Pete Buttigieg’s run for president is causing a stir—in Iowa and elsewhere—for a few reasons. The 37-year-old would be the first millennial president, the first president to have served in a military combat zone since George H.W. Bush, and the first president who knows how to play Spoon songs on the piano. Also he’s openly gay and married to a nice guy named Chasten, a fact that’s attracted a lion’s share of attention, perhaps too much, according to the Atlantic.

Buttigieg’s sexual orientation may not define his candidacy, but it’s been cause for excitement in the LGBTQ community, and now some gay Hollywood power players are ready to open their checkbooks.

The Hollywood Reporter‘s Chris Gardner got the inside scoop on a forthcoming fundraiser for Buttigieg that’s being hosted at the home of super-producer Ryan Murphy and husband David Miller. “In addition to Murphy and Miller,” Gardner reports, “co-hosts will also include Matt Bomer and husband Simon Halls; CAA partner Bryan Lourd and husband Bruce Bozzi; TV mogul Greg Berlanti and producer husband Robbie Rogers; former People editor Jess Cagle and TV writer-producer husband Matt Whitney; CAA partner Kevin Huvane; and actor Billy Eichner.”

The fundraiser is set for June 19, a month and change after Buttigieg is scheduled to appear at three L.A. events on May 9. Murphy and Miller previously hosted a fundraiser for Kamala Harris, who’s been a favorite among wealthy, notable Californians. Watch out—Mayor Pete may be creeping up.

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