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Barney Frank Talks About Coming Out as Gay During His Fourth Term in Congress: VIDEO

At the press conference announcing his retirement today, Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) talked about coming out of the closet in 1987, Think Progress LGBT reports:

BarneySaid Frank: “The best antidote to prejudice is reality, because prejudice is by definition based on ignorance of people’s real condition. And I am proud that by my finally coming out — I was 47, it didn't happen in a clean sweep, but, uh, when I volunteered to finally come out in 1987, I do think it was helpful in that regard, and yes I’m proud of that."


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  1. Very cool, as usual.

    The Jiminy Saliva fans will be in here momentarily to attack him I'm sure.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Nov 28, 2011 9:48:02 PM

  2. I live in MA and love the guy, but is he really calling himself the first in congress to volunteer the fact that he's gay? What about Allan Spear of Minnesota who came out in 74? Or Elaine Noble who was openly gay during her successful campaign that same year? Surely he remembers her since he took her place in the HoR... haha

    Posted by: Lance | Nov 28, 2011 10:11:44 PM

  3. Lance, I decided to check on what you wrote and unsuprisingly you are dead wrong.

    Allan Spear of Minnesota was a member of the state legislature, and Elaine Noble of Massachusetts was also a member of that states legislature- but you are correct in that she did win that campaign as an openly gay candidate.

    However, Barney Frank is the first person to have run for the United States House of Representatives as an open gay citizen and win election.

    Posted by: Cecil | Nov 28, 2011 11:48:35 PM

  4. Not to mention, he never said--at least in this clip--that he was the first one. But he did mention Gerry Studds, though that wasn't a voluntary admission. So yes, I'd say that Barney counts as the first voluntary admission.

    Posted by: Paul R | Nov 28, 2011 11:57:19 PM

  5. Barney Frank is a quisling.
    In 2007 Frank gutted ENDA to please bigoted employers and then dropped it to make it easier for bigot panderers like Hillary Clinton and Obama to pander. In 2009-10 Democrats dropped ENDA to appease bigots and that was one of many, many reasons they lost the House to their Republican cousins.

    ENDA was not passed and DOMA was not repealed because of the bigots who run the White House and the Congress.

    Earlier, in 2004, according to AP, "Rep. Barney Frank said San Francisco's decision to challenge state law and grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples was a "distraction" that could damage efforts by gay rights advocates to defend the Massachusetts court decision legalizing gay marriage.

    In the same interview Frank expressed concern "that the image of lawlessness and civil disobedience in San Francisco would pressure some in Congress to support a federal constitutional amendment banning gay unions."
    He's a typical Democrat - an appeaser, a quisling and a characteristically 'fierce' failure. In 2007 he reintroduced ENDA and promised its passage... I didn't even come up for a vote. Once again Democrats distanced themselves from us, dropping ENDA like a hot potato to win an election, except, sweet irony, by 2010 they'd distanced themselves from so many people that 30 million 2088 Obama voters deserted them.

    Posted by: Bill Perdue | Nov 29, 2011 2:12:49 AM

  6. Thank you Barney Frank,for serving your constituents and America, and giving so much to the Gay Communities,too. You have been a great example of Pride to all. You will be missed, especially by the Right Wing bigots, tea-baggers and a SCHMUCK named Newt!

    May you enjoy the rest of your life, and again Thanks for being there for us...

    Posted by: Jerry Pritikin aka The Bleacher Preacher | Nov 29, 2011 2:29:53 AM

  7. Didn't Barney "volunteer" to come out only after it was revealed that he was living with a male hustler?

    Posted by: The Iron Orchard | Nov 29, 2011 5:48:49 AM

  8. Love LOVE Barney Frank!

    Posted by: George F | Nov 29, 2011 8:14:57 AM

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