By Charles P. Even by the standards of Washington, D. The crowd jamming the committee room is dark and woollen.
Barney Frank shows emotion at a ceremony in December when President Obama signed the "don't ask, don't tell" repeal legislation that would allow gays to serve openly in the military. Frank, who retired two years ago, spent his career fighting for gay rights. Informer Rep.
Toward the end of that stretch, Frank decided to acknowledge publicly that he was gay. I think Barney Frank is going to come out of the room. Back then, almost four decades ago, an openly gay American politician was exotic and audacious, and our leaders were infinitely less fluent in a gay vocabulary.
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House of Representatives — and was one of the first openly gay members of Congress. Born Barnett Frank—he legally changed his name to Barney in the s—he was raised in a Jewish working-class family in New Jersey. He excelled at writing and debate in high schooland he attended Harvard Universityearning a B.
Barnett Frank born March 31, is an American former politician. He served as a member of the U. House of Representatives from Massachusetts from to
It's been a big week for gay marriage advocates as several important milestones were achieved, other significant advancements began brewing, and a few speed bumps popped up on the horizon. A snapshot:. Both the Senate and the House now have enough supporters to pass the bill, which would allow same sex couples to begin marrying in June.
InI was as ready to leave the closet as I would ever be—but how would I do so? For many years, I was ashamed of myself for hiding my membership in a universally despised group. After all those years, lying to people was much easier emotionally than finally admitting my lie. The circumstances of my disclosure were complicated by another factor: I talk too much.
Representative Barney Frank announced that he wouldn't seek re-election next year. And the news wires are filling with little tributes and remembrances of his 30 year career. But there is one notable even that isn't mentioned in most of them.
Barney Frank D-Mass. A handful of groups said last month that they no longer back the Senate-passed version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act because of its sweeping religious exemption, which would allow religiously affiliated businesses to fire someone for being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. The provision's language goes far beyond religious exemptions afforded under the Civil Rights Act ofwhich banned discrimination on the basis of race, gender, religion or national origin. I mean this quite literally," the openly gay former congressman said in an interview with The Huffington Post.