Pennsylvania Senate hopeful John Fettermanâ€™s wife Gisele Fetterman – often dubbed the â€œde-factoâ€ candidate due to her husbandâ€™s recent stroke – insisted she would â€œabsolutelyâ€ support LGBTQ education in â€œall schools.â€
Speaking with â€œProfessor Prideâ€ during an unearthed interview from a â€œPride Monthâ€ event posted July 2021, Fetterman explains her ambitions for Pennsylvaniaâ€™s education system.
â€œBeing the Lieutenant Governorâ€™s wife and also with the Senate campaign, would you support LGBTQ education in all schools?â€ asks LGBTQ activist Matt Haslam, also known as â€œProfessor Pride.â€
â€œAbsolutely. Yeah,â€ Fetterman responds.
â€œI mean we have to break cycles, right? If we donâ€™t work to break cycles, cycles arenâ€™t going to be broken,â€ she continues.
â€œThe history of incredible LGBTQ contributors to history that I was never taught in school, and kids deserve to know the truth,â€ Fetterman adds.
â€œI think our children are going to be so much better, but that means youâ€™ve just got to push harder,â€ she remarked during the interview, where she also told a story about her four-year-old sonâ€™s embrace of a same-sex wedding. While serving as Mayor of Braddock, Fetterman was the first elected official in Pennsylvania to officiate a gay wedding.
â€œIâ€™m raising children to love all people. At that wedding, my son was four at that time, and we were running around the house making sure the wedding was perfect, and he said â€œmom, like whatâ€™s going on,â€ Fetterman begins the story.
â€œI said, â€œwe have a big wedding at the house today,â€ and he said â€œDaddy marries people all the time. Like whatâ€™s the big deal,â€ she continues.
â€œI said, â€œwell, today itâ€™s two boys getting married,â€ and my four-year-old said â€œso what?â€ and he walked away. And it was just beautiful, right? Thatâ€™s how we should all feel,â€ she concludes.