9-year-old asks Pete Buttigieg advice for coming out

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So I don't know if this ran on television or was first captured on YouTube and then ended up on television but mayor Pete Buttigieg's and I've now mastered yes you have a name you're very the alleged it's a double edged sword I'll try to mmhm he is from the Webster's addition as from him jugs it's alright ma'am everybody has a different little lot of people still mispronounce it well I'm telling you what he said he told me personally through his website how to say it so he was out on the campaign trail and he got a question from a nine and nine year old boy next question comes from Zachary age nine and this is a really touching question he says thank you for being so brave would you help me tell the world I'm gay too I want to be brave like you and part of his answer well I don't think you need a lot of advice for me on bravery you seem pretty strong to see you it took me a long time to figure out how to tell even my best friend that I was gay let alone to go out there and tell the world in this 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 that's really something no my thoughts on this because I'm just oriented towards children his was summed up exactly in that sentence there when he says 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 that's really something that's not really something it's embarrassing that we have become such Shiels for our particular points of view that we take something that is as personal S. coming out assign it to a nine year old during that nine year old in front of a thousand people and millions of people once they see the thing and and and put him on display now what it you know whether you have thoughts about a nine year old can determine a sexuality or not or whether you have thought of this is the right thing great thing bad thing whatever that's not for me to say and and it's not for me to rule any kind of judgment on but I do know that childhood is precious and innocence is precious and that kid will never be the same he and there is no more privacy for him now and somebody thought this was a good idea and that somebody wasn't a nine year old it was an adult it was either his parents or someone on the campaign trail or someone who got away you know one of the managers of people judge you thought he deserved this to play well and play well let's do this and you've now put this kid on stage but the whole I let the whole world come down I mean I'm sure he's get moved did some tweeting or or however you can find this kid and his family they're getting inundated both praise and criticism yeah but he's nine do you really need to use a nine year old to make your point okay well was coming behind this yup as adults should know is going to come back and if that's not your team he knows and I just looked at them at all I saw was a nine year old kid I don't care what it is nine year old kid should not be pawns for people to make points on political clips that can run on TV income but I always this wonderful let's clap for people to judge and how well he handled it or how well any of course you knew what was coming they all do please do not mind if you'd just rather index card with the first name maybe but that first and last name and then showing on camera Hey even if he had a fake name ran a bag over his head they would have found out who he was that's true but is it really is it really five years let's go check on the whole thing would happen a little soul it's also two years when I go back ten years going so right off the vine in adult now and you're not and it was just I just it's so tough that's just broke my heart and again I'm not broke my heart that this nine year old is gay that that's fine if that's what his choices are that's it was parents as they really thinks he can know what that eight that's not my point is that they're all there had to be adult in this process parents had to bring him forward someone had to drive him there he didn't drive himself down someone had to say yes it's okay to put him on campus someone in the campaign had to say yeah that's a good idea somewhere along the way isn't there an adult who just says you know he's not hands on what it says we really appreciate this it's great as well but let's not bring nine year olds into you know touchy areas in difficult areas whatever and political campaigns let's just let the kid be night right now somebody said what opportunity

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