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I Have Something to Tell You

A Memoir

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

A moving, hopeful, and refreshingly candid memoir by the husband of former Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg about growing up gay in his small Midwestern town, his relationship with Pete, and his hope for America’s future.

Throughout the past year, teacher Chasten Glezman Buttigieg has emerged on the national stage, having left his classroom in South Bend, Indiana, to travel cross-country in support of his husband, former mayor Pete Buttigieg, and Pete’s groundbreaking presidential campaign. Through Chasten’s joyful, witty social media posts, the public gained a behind-the-scenes look at his life with Pete on the trail—moments that might have ranged from the mundane to the surprising, but that were always heartfelt.

Chasten has overcome a multitude of obstacles to get here. In this moving, uplifting memoir, he recounts his journey to finding acceptance as a gay man. He recalls his upbringing in rural Michigan, where he knew he was different, where indeed he felt different from his father and brothers. He recounts his coming out and how he’s healed from revealing his secret to his family, friends, community, and the world. And he tells the story of meeting his boyfriend, whom he would marry and who would eventually become a major Democratic leader.

With unflinching honesty, unflappable courage, and great warmth, Chasten Buttigieg relays his experience of growing up in America and embracing his true self, while inspiring others to do the same.

Photograph by Carina Teoh

Chasten Glezman Buttigieg was born and raised in Traverse City, Michigan. A thespian, two-time 4-H blue-ribboner, and decorated member of the high school bowling team, he received his bachelor’s degree in theater and global studies from the University of Wisconsin—Eau Claire and his master’s in education from DePaul University. He lives in South Bend, Indiana, with his husband, Pete, and their two rescue dogs. I Have Something to Tell You is his first book.

Photograph by Carina Teoh

Chasten Glezman Buttigieg was born and raised in Traverse City, Michigan. A thespian, two-time 4-H blue-ribboner, and decorated member of the high school bowling team, he received his bachelor’s degree in theater and global studies from the University of Wisconsin—Eau Claire and his master’s in education from DePaul University. He lives in South Bend, Indiana, with his husband, Pete, and their two rescue dogs. I Have Something to Tell You is his first book.

"Chasten Buttigieg offers an engaging behind-the-scenes look at his life before and after becoming known nationally as Pete Buttigieg's husband during the South Bend, Indiana, former mayor's 2020 presidential campaign. Whether ardent follower, keen observer, or relative newcomer, the listener, regardless of political stripe, can appreciate Buttigieg's affable, approachable personality. Born near Traverse City, Michigan, he grew up with family in nearby Grawn. His conversational narration invites familiarity as he talks about childhood attempts to fit in with his conservative community and the challenging journey that led to his passion for education and self-acceptance as a gay man. Buttigieg is also candid about how his marriage has evolved on and off the campaign trail. This heartfelt memoir balances reflection and humor with a growing political consciousness."

– AudioFile Magazine