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The Barney Frank Documentary Trailer Will Get You A Little Choked Up - VIDEO


Compared to What: The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank — the documentary about the outspoken and openly gay former U.S. Representative from Massachusetts — will make its debut at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 27, but you can watch its trailer here.

According to, "The documentary encompassed the time from Frank's coming out in 1987 (he was the first congressman to do so voluntarily) until his wedding to Jim Ready in 2012." But it mostly focuses on Frank's commitment to his congressional role as well as his eventual retirement from a job he seemed to love, as described in the Tribeca Film Festival program:

The film is a rare and intimate peek into the life of Barney Frank, the quick-witted, cantankerous, and first openly gay Congressman in the United States. On the verge of his retirement, Frank reflects on his 40 years in office and the role his own homosexuality played in his campaigns for social justice. A flawless example of when the personal meets the political, with incredible “bare all” access, this documentary reveals Frank as one of the most sharp-tongued, entertaining, and lionhearted politicians of our time.

The film was also executively produced by Alec Baldwin, the actor who has come under fire for using gay slurs against those who annoy him.

Watch the trailer AFTER THE JUMP...


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  1. I met Frank at a political fundraiser in Philly a few year4s back.I tried to make conversation with him and he couldnt have been ruder to me. Maybe I caught him on a bad day, but still.......

    Posted by: puggleboy | Apr 24, 2014 3:42:04 PM

  2. WTF? Coming out voluntarily? He got caught up in his drug selling boy pimping live-in boyfriends world and was exposed. HE WAS DRAGGED OUT OF THE CLOSET, RESISTING AND DENYING, until that didn't work anymore, and had nothing to lose but to come out.

    Barney has done a lot for the community, particularly during the very dark days of the AIDS crisis, and, as a 30-year HIV survivor, thank him for that. Nonetheless, there was a cost, a big cost to that -- back-burnering equality rights, and, before he was for marriage equality, he was against marriage equality (by that, he didn't want the fight for marriage equality to overtake the civil rights issues he was championing, same as he let transsexual rights get tossed so that gay rights could proceed).

    Posted by: Mike in Asheville | Apr 24, 2014 3:53:11 PM

  3. I met him once and he definitely came off as a bit of a pompous butthead

    Posted by: Thomas | Apr 24, 2014 3:56:15 PM

  4. Potential Vice President candidate?

    Posted by: Pat | Apr 24, 2014 4:07:07 PM

  5. Oh, the quote in the trailer to the effect that "he helped people who needed his help" is spot on. If you were a bank CEO in 2007 who needed help getting past the regulators with your fly-by-night loan scheme, he was your guy! And he quit just when the bank campaign money dried up--as they say--to spend more time with his family. That and Chris Dodd from CT nearly got indicted.

    Posted by: anon | Apr 24, 2014 4:46:13 PM

  6. As usual Towleroad comments is supportive of gay trailblazers as ever.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Apr 24, 2014 5:29:36 PM

  7. I get a little choked up thinking about the disaster he perpetrated on the country by propping up a bunch of financial houses of cards. Good riddance.

    Posted by: Jason MacBride | Apr 24, 2014 6:07:54 PM

  8. Love that he married a working class Joe. Only in America.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Apr 24, 2014 7:42:46 PM

  9. @DAVID EHRENSTEIN I guess you want your heroes like your website, black and white. Every politician should be painted in shades of gray with the exception of perhaps Lincoln.

    Posted by: PolarBeast | Apr 24, 2014 10:29:08 PM

  10. Barney was a force in Massachusetts. HIs observations and intelligence were always spot on, and he had the guts reveal them.
    I could say more, but feeling like I'm at a party where I am in every conversation today. As was true in Barney's case, personality scares people. Opinions can scare them too. Only good looks are reserved for true gay loathing.

    Posted by: Gare | Apr 24, 2014 11:53:43 PM

  11. He is a difficult person, but what many American voters seems to not realize is that a nice personable politician like "W"may not be the politician who fights for you. People you don't want a politician to be your friend you want them to do things in your benefit. Corporate CEO's understand this but average voters are clueless. Yea, I think I would rather hang with W than Barney Frank, but I would vote and contribute to Frank and oppose "W" its not personal is just business.

    Posted by: miami | Apr 25, 2014 6:54:38 AM

  12. @Polarbeast -- you won't find a bigger champion of Lincoln than me. Nonetheless, one can't truly understand the complexity that was Lincoln without acknowledging his errors: three of the biggies: he attempted to usurp the authority of the Judicial Branch by unconstitutionally suspending Habeas Corpus (the denial of a criminal defendant their day in court; he permitted soldiers from pro-Lincoln states to return home for the 1884 election while soldiers from anti-Lincoln states were kept on the battlefield during that election; before becoming president, Lincoln advocated strongly that sedition acts were unconstitutional, yet, he signed into law two sedition acts against anti-war advocates.

    The SCOTUS later invalidated and ruled that the suspension of HC and the sedition acts were all unconstitutional.

    As one can't truly understand Jefferson the author of "...all men are endowed by their, liberty and pursuit of happiness" and his continued ownership of slaves, you can't whitewash over their errors and flaws.

    Posted by: Mike in Asheville | Apr 25, 2014 10:28:28 AM

  13. Oops, election of 1864.

    Posted by: Mike in Asheville | Apr 25, 2014 10:29:22 AM

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