However you feel about Pete Buttigieg, the impact he's having is undeniable. If I would have seen this image let's say, when I was sixteen, I would have stared incredulously at it. A married, gay man was running for president and he (and his husband) were considered important enough to be on the cover of Time magazine. One of the most widely circulated magazines in the US.
Just ten years ago, less than a quarter of Americans thought that a gay man could run for president. Now, it is more than half. Pete may not be perfect (shit, no Dem candidate is, get over it already). But he is and will be influential. He may not get the nomination, but he's changing minds and his ideas and presence will -hopefully- influence people and politics in months and years to come. More than one queer kid will see this magazine cover in some one-traffic-light-town in the middle of nowhere and their life will change. They won't be the only queer person they've ever known. And they'll see they CAN have a future. And right now, that's good enough for me.