By Newsweek |
Another Gay Man Just Announced He's Running for President of the United States
Pete Buttigieg is no longer the only gay man seeking the highest office in America this election cycle: Musician Casey Spooner announced on Instagram that he's running for president in 2020.
"I don't expect to win, but I do expect to make a difference," the out Fischerspooner singer said in a video. "As a working artist, the only way I know how to deal with our current political crisis is to go towards the problem. I've been complacent in the past. No more."
He blamed his earlier complacency on "my white privilege" and distrust of the political system. "By never having felt an immediate threat to me or my lifestyle. I've never gotten involved. That ends now."
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In a July 4th warmup announcement, Spooner said, "the current state of affairs has caused me so much turmoil and anxiety that it's transformed me on a fundamental level."
It's not clear if the Athens, Georgia, born artist has filed the proper paperwork to get on the ballot, or garnered enough support to get a spot in one of the upcoming Democratic debates.
"The point for me isn't about winning," he added in the July clip. "It's about understanding and growing. It's about shifting the narrative. It's about demystifying the system for others."
Spooner, 49, is definitely a less conservative figure that Buttigieg: He calls Fischerspooner's 2018 album, Sir, "aggressively homosexual." The R-rated video for the single "TopBrazil" features Spooner sauntering through a dimly lit bathhouse.
"I was in an amazing open relationship and we were having all kinds of incredible sexual and emotional experiences," he told Logo TV. "I felt like it was important to share those stories in a way that wasn't sensationalizing or diminishing or fetishizing, and really just an honest portrait of my experiences as an older gay man."
In June, Spooner told the gay news site Queerty that it was important for LGBT people "to kind of refresh ourselves on what it means to be politically active, to protest, what it means to go against the status quo."
After his presidential announcement, Spooner hit the campaign trail and headed to Fire Island, a popular gay beach getaway near New York City.
Once there, he protested what he called a "prison-themed circuit party" on the island, complaining the event was inappropriate while "black and brown people are systematically incarcerated for profit."