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December 17, 2012

'I’m hoping to get paid well to do what I do now for nothing'

As Barney Frank's days as an elected official come to and, the first openly gay member of the US House of Representatives has hired an agent.

The outspoken Frank, 71, has been one of the more colorful personalities in Washington DC over the past three decades and a frequent guests on network and cable political shows.

October 2, 2012

Gay Massachusetts congressman agrees with decision to appeal Federal Court ruling

US Congressman Barney Frank does not believe his home state of Massachusetts should pay for sex-reassignment surgery for a convicted murderer.

A federal court recently ruled that the state must foot the bill for transgender inmate Michelle Kosilek who is serving a sentence of life in prison without the possibility for the 1990 murder of her wife in 1990.

The court ruling is being appealed by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and Frank said Monday (1 October) that he agrees with the move.

September 12, 2012

Gay conservatives and gay Democratic congressman continue war of words

Barney Frank, the first openly gay US congressman in history, has not backed off his harsh words for gays who belong to the Log Cabin Republicans.

Last week, Frank drew a strong response from the group's leadership after he labeled them 'Uncle Toms.'

September 6, 2012

'I now understand why they call themselves Log Cabin: their role model is Uncle Tom'

Barney Frank, the first openly gay US congressman in history, has some harsh words for gay people who belong to the group Log Cabin Republicans.

'I now understand why they call themselves Log Cabin: their role model is Uncle Tom,' the famous liberal says in an interview at the Democratic National Convention where he will speak tonight (6 September).

August 2, 2012

'This is an important addition to our fight for equality in general'

Barney Frank made a lot of headlines earlier this week when he told the Washington Blade that the Democratic Party will officially endorse same-sex marriage at its national convention in Charlotte, North Carolina in early September.

Frank is surprised that anyone was surprised.

July 30, 2012

Openly gay US congressman: 'We are including marriage equality with my full support'

The Democratic Party will officially endorse same-sex marriage at its national convention in Charlotte, North Carolina in early September.

Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank, who married his longtime partner earlier this summer, confirmed on Monday (30 July) that marriage equality will be included among the Democrats other pro-LGBT platform positions.

July 10, 2012

'There have been no negative comments. I think a few years ago there would have been'

Barney Frank may have made history over the weekend by becoming the first sitting member of the US Congress to marry someone of the same sex but most of his Republican colleagues did not bothered to congratulate him when he got back to work.

'Mostly the Republicans have ignored it,' Frank said Tuesday (10 July) on Current TV’s Bill Press Show.

July 8, 2012

Rep. Barney Frank and Jim Ready tie the knot in the Bay State

Last night, 7 July, Rep. Barney Frank married Jim Randy, his long term partner.

The ceremony, as reported by Politco.com, was held in the Boston Marriott. Deval Patrick, the governor of the northeastern US state Massachusetts, officiated the ceremony.

Frank is the first member sitting member of Congress to have a same-sex  marriage.

June 2, 2012

Recalls it was two Republican senators who were the first to show support but says GOP has since 'regressed'

It was 25 years ago today (1 June) that Barney Frank became the first openly gay member of the US House of Representatives.

He talked with MSNBC's Laurence O'Donnell about the milestone and remembered a time when he was afraid that after coming out, people wouldn't vote for him.

Frank persevered and is retiring at the end of the current session after more than three decades in the U.S. House. During that time, he has seen a shift in the public's views on homosexuality.

May 21, 2012

Explains the congressman: 'It would ruin the party to have the Secret Service'

Barney Frank, the first openly gay member of the US House of Representatives, is getting married this summer but he will not be inviting the first president in history to endorse same-sex marriage to the ceremony.

The Massachusetts congressman is marrying his longtime partner Jim Ready and explains to C-SPAN why President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama did not make the guest list.

January 26, 2012

The retiring U.S. congressman to wed longtime partner

Barney Frank, the first openly gay member of the U.S. House of Representatives, is getting married to his longtime partner Jim Ready.

The couple, who met six years ago, have not yet set a date.

The Massachusetts congressman isn't providing any further details but he told Charlie Rose in an interview earlier this month: 'I have a partner now. I’m in love for the first time in my life.'

Frank is 71 and Ready is 42.