In Person Talk and Book Signing with author Chasten Buttigieg




Come and join us at The Roth Family Jewish Community Center as we host Chasten Buttigieg here in Orlando for an in-person talk on his latest book, I Have Something to Tell You - For Young Adults. Chasten will be joined by Pulse survivor, Brandon J. Wolf for this event. Pre-order your signed copy now! While Chasten's event is free to attend, event registration is required and a purchase of I Have Something to Tell You -For Young Adults through Writer's Block Bookstore is required to receive a signed copy.

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The young adult adaptation of the moving, hopeful, and refreshingly candid memoir by the husband of a former Democratic presidential candidate about growing up gay in his small Midwestern town.

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.


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.


Brandon J. Wolf is a survivor of the 2016 terror attack at Pulse nightclub in Orlando and a nationally recognized public speaker and advocate for LGBTQ+ civil rights and gun-safety reform. Wolf has written opinion pieces for, Oprah Daily, USA Today, Newsweek, and Out magazine. In 2019, he became the first survivor of the tragedy at Pulse to testify before Congress. Wolf has since delivered keynote addresses at the 2022 Netroots Nation conference, NYC Pride, Ohio State University, Penn State University, Florida State University, Howard Brown, and more. He joined Senator Elizabeth Warren's presidential campaign in 2019 and became a top national surrogate, doing tours in Iowa, South Carolina, Michigan, Nevada, and Florida. Wolf is a frequent contributor on MSNBC's The ReidOut and American Voices with Alicia Menendez and serves as the press secretary for Equality Florida. His memoir, A Place For Us, will be published by Little A on July 1, 2023. For more information, visit


“What a gift it is to walk alongside Chasten Buttigieg on his journey from small-town theater kid to political trailblazer. Buttigieg’s story is heartfelt, specific, and entirely his own—but it’s also a pitch-perfect snapshot of our rapidly shifting cultural landscape. It’s a perfect juxtaposition of ordinary and extraordinary, told with humor, compassion, and unshakable hope.”—Becky Albertalli, New York Times bestselling author of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

“Chasten speaks to his readers as a trusted friend, reminding anyone who feels ‘different’ that they are not alone, and that learning to love and embrace what makes us different may be the greatest gift we can give ourselves.”—Dustin Lance Black, filmmaker and LGBTQ+ activist

“As I was reading this book, I couldn’t help but think, ‘I wish I had had THIS when I was growing up!’ Chasten reminds us that we are not alone, and that while choosing to live authentically can bring challenges, self-doubt and ‘hater-ade’ from outside forces, it can also bring out the joy in life, pride in ourselves, and the love the world so badly needs more of.This book is a joyous and authentic gift to generations of young people. I wish I could have had this when I was growing up!”—Ariana DeBose, Academy Award–winning actress, dancer, and singer

“Unflinchingly honest and at the same time comforting, this memoir is an honest portrayal of finding not only acceptance in the world, but accepting one’s self.”—Kosoko Jackson, award-winning author of I’m So (Not) Over You

“Sharing our stories can encourage others to feel less alone, and Chasten tells his with courage and compassion, opening the door for younger generations to create and live in a more inclusive world.”—Ellen DeGeneres, New York Times bestselling author of Seriously . . . I’m Kidding

Event date: 
Wednesday, May 24, 2023 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
Roth Family Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando
851 N Maitland Avenue
Maitland, FL 32751
I Have Something to Tell You—For Young Adults: A Memoir By Chasten Buttigieg Cover Image
ISBN: 9781665904377
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - May 16th, 2023

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