Pete Buttigieg, the U.S. Transportation Secretary, and his partner Chasten rejoiced as their twins, Joseph “Gus” August and Penelope Rose, celebrated their first birthday.
The couple held an outdoor birthday party for their children, during which they enjoyed a blue-frosted birthday cake with their hands. Chasten shared adorable photos from the event on his Instagram account.
The photos captioned by the person mentioned the smashing success of Penelope and Gus’s first birthday party and expressed gratitude for the love and support received throughout the year.
The caption also looks forward to next year. Many of the dads’ friends wished Penelope and Gus a happy birthday in the comments, including Mandy Moore and Kimberly Williams-Paisley from The Father of the Bride.
Moore regretted missing the event, while Williams-Paisley wished the two a happy birthday.
Chasten Provided A Sneak Peek
Chasten provided a sneak peek into the initial stages of party organization last month. He shared an adorable picture of Pete and the twins spending time together in the park, accompanied by the caption, “Sunday morning with the 1st birthday party planning committee.”
In September last year, Pete took to social media to share the first family portrait featuring his husband and their twins, Penelope Rose and Joseph August Buttigieg.
In an earlier Twitter announcement in August, the politician expressed his and his husband Chasten’s desire to expand their family and revealed they were now proud parents. Since sharing the news, the couple has received an outpouring of support and well wishes.
Chasten Buttigieg Claps Back At Pence’s Anti-Gay Jokes About Their Kids
Chasten Buttigieg has responded to anti-gay comments by former Vice President Mike Pence at a white-tie event in Washington, DC. During the event, Pence mocked Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg for taking “maternity leave” after he and his husband adopted newborn twins in September 2021.
Buttigieg, the first openly gay Cabinet secretary, was criticized by right-wing figures for taking paternity leave.
In August 2022, Buttigieg revealed that the twins were born prematurely and had to spend time in the hospital due to respiratory issues. Lis Smith, who worked on Buttigieg’s failed presidential campaign, called Pence an “unambiguous asshole,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre called Pence to apologize.
Chasten Buttigieg responded to Pence on Twitter, shaming him and asking him to imagine what he would do in their situation. Marc Short, a representative for Pence, defended him and criticized the Biden administration for focusing on “faux outrage” instead of other pressing issues.