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June 12, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

In-Person: An Evening with Chasten Buttigieg & Mayra Hidalgo Salazar


June 12, 2023
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Coral Gables Congregational Church
3010 De Soto Blvd.
Coral Gables, 33134 United States
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Books & Books and the Coral Gables Congregational Church

is thrilled to present

An Evening with Chasten Buttigieg

in conversation with

Mayra Hidalgo Salazar

discussing & signing

I Have Something to Tell You- For Young Adults: A Memoir

(Atheneum Books for Young Readers, $18.99)

Monday, June 12, 7PM

@ Coral Gables Congregational Church: 3010 De Soto Blvd.


Books & Books along with the Coral Gables Congregational Church are thrilled to host Chasten Buttigieg, a beacon of hope, compassion, and inclusivity. His passion for social justice, education, and LGBTQ+ rights has not only inspired countless individuals but also ignited a powerful movement for change.

In collaboration with MOSAIC MIAMI, Pridelines, AQUA by and for LGBTQ Women, PFLAG Miami, SAVE Inc. and SAVE Foundation, Safe Schools South Florida, National LGBTQ Task Force, and American Civil Liberties Union.

Chasten will be discussing the young adult adaptation of his hopeful and refreshingly candid bestselling memoir, I Have to Something to Tell You: For Young Adults (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, $18.99). He will be in conversation with the Deputy Executive Director of the National LGBTQ Task Force, Mayra Hidalgo Salazar.

PLEASE NOTE: This event will take place at the Coral Gables Congregational Church: 3010 De Soto Blvd. in Coral Gables. After the talk, there will be a signing + photo line in the fellowship hall. Please anticipate a bag check at the door.

About the Book:

The young adult adaptation of the hopeful and refreshingly candid bestselling memoir by the husband of a former Democratic presidential candidate about growing up gay in his small Midwestern town. Completely rewritten with new stories, including resources for readers, parents, and teachers.

Growing up, Chasten Glezman Buttigieg didn’t always fit in. He felt different from his father and brothers, who loved to hunt and go camping, and out of place in the rural, conservative small town where he lived. Back then, blending in was more important than feeling seen.

So, when Chasten realized he was gay, he kept that part of himself hidden away for a long, painful time. With incredible bravery, and the support of his loved ones, Chasten eventually came out—and when he did, he learned that being true to himself was the most rewarding journey of all.

Finding acceptance and self-love can seem like a tremendous challenge, but it’s never impossible. With honesty, courage, and warmth, Chasten relays his experience of growing up in America and embracing his identity, while inspiring young people across the country to do the same.

About the Author:

Chasten Glezman Buttigieg grew up in Traverse City, Michigan. He is a teacher, advocate, and husband of former presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg. Chasten currently lives with Pete; their two children, Gus and Penelope; and their two rescue dogs, Buddy and Truman, in Northern Michigan. I Have Something to Tell You—For Young Adults is his second book.

About the Moderator:

Mayra Hidalgo Salazar has been organizing for immigrant and LGBTQ+ justice as one of the catalysts and founders of the immigrant youth movement for the past 14 years. She is part of the first generation of undocumented youth in Florida that began courageously sharing their stories and organizing as both LGBTQ+ and undocumented immigrants. Mayra has led work at the intersections of immigrant and LGBTQ+ issues since the 2010s, when she first served as the Campaign Manager for the Trail of Dreams, a mobilization that was instrumental in the negotiations with the Obama administration for the creation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. In the wake of the news of Trump’s presidency on November 2016, Mayra led the post-election response for the immigrant community in the Hudson Valley of New York as Executive Director of the Hudson Valley Community Coalition. As a co-founder of United We Dream Action, she mobilized millions for the 2020 elections and to defend DACA in the courts, and drove the fundraising strategy for United We Dream, United We Dream Action, and United We Dream Action PAC. She is a recognized national expert and organizer on queer and immigrant issues and has been featured in Forbes, The Advocate, La Nación, and Univision. Mayra currently serves as the Deputy Director of the National LGBTQ Task Force and National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund and resides in Brooklyn, New York.