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April 21, 2015

New books by Barney Frank and Michelangelo Signorile show our past struggles and a path to future victory

For years, the radical anti-gay movement has made a paranoid case that ‘the gay agenda’ was an actual book published in 1990. That book was called After the Ball: How America Will Conquer Its Fear and Hatred of Gays in the 90s.

It outlined a suggested plan for addressing America on LGBT issues. Much of its outlook was basic common sense and PR.

March 22, 2015

Frank also defended his jokes about Schock’s homoerotic Instagram feed which has been recently set to private: 'If [the rumours] are not true, he spent entirely too much time in the gym for a straight man'

Former member of the US House of Representatives Barney Frank, who came out publicly in 1987 and was the first member of Congress to do so voluntarily, has weighed in on the sudden resignation of Illinois Republican Representative Aaron Schock.

Frank said in an interview that if Schock is gay, he should be 'exposed' due to his anti-gay voting record.

March 22, 2015

Frank also defended his jokes about Schock’s homoerotic Instagram feed which has been recently set to private: 'If [the rumours] are not true, he spent entirely too much time in the gym for a straight man'

Former member of the US House of Representatives Barney Frank, who came out publicly in 1987 and was the first member of Congress to do so voluntarily, has weighed in on the sudden resignation of Illinois Republican Representative Aaron Schock.

Frank said in an interview that if Schock is gay, he should be 'exposed' due to his anti-gay voting record.

March 18, 2015

First openly gay congressman in US history shares his thoughts on his fallen former colleague

When former US Congressman Barney Frank got word that his former colleague, Aaron Schock, was resigning from office, this was his first question: 'He was outed or what?'

Frank, the first openly gay man to serve in the House of Representatives, assumed Schock's quitting had to do with his not disclosing he had taken a male videographer-photographer with him on a trip to India over the summer.

March 18, 2015

First openly gay congressman in US history shares his thoughts on his fallen former colleague

When former US Congressman Barney Frank got word that his former colleague, Aaron Schock, was resigning from office, this was his first question: 'He was outed or what?'

Frank, the first openly gay man to serve in the House of Representatives, assumed Schock's quitting had to do with his not disclosing he had taken a male videographer-photographer with him on a trip to India over the summer.

April 21, 2014

‘Compared to What: The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank,’ will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York this month and executive producer Alec Baldwin will host a Q&A session with the retired openly gay lawmaker at the screening

‘Compared to What: The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank,’ a documentary about the life and times of the first openly gay US congressman to get legally married will premier at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival on 27 April.

The film has been executive produced by actor Alec Baldwin who has called the retired Democratic Representative from Massachusetts ‘a personal hero of mine.’

‘His legacy in Congress – and his historic importance as the first openly gay and married Congressman – is important for our country,’ Baldwin said in a statement.

April 21, 2014

‘Compared to What: The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank,’ will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York this month and executive producer Alec Baldwin will host a Q&A session with the retired openly gay lawmaker at the screening

‘Compared to What: The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank,’ a documentary about the life and times of the first openly gay US congressman to get legally married will premier at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival on 27 April.

The film has been executive produced by actor Alec Baldwin who has called the retired Democratic Representative from Massachusetts ‘a personal hero of mine.’

‘His legacy in Congress – and his historic importance as the first openly gay and married Congressman – is important for our country,’ Baldwin said in a statement.

March 12, 2014

'The hate-mongers in America who have been repudiated here have found a place where they can bring their message'

Barney Frank, the first openly gay man to serve in the US House of Representatives, is blasting anti-gay Americans for spreading their message in Uganda.

'These people have been repudiated in America, they’re very unhappy,' Frank said in a radio interview this week.

'The American people have moved and are moving, every day toward the position that, if two people want to show attention to each other, two adults, that’s their business.'

March 12, 2014

'The hate-mongers in America who have been repudiated here have found a place where they can bring their message'

Barney Frank, the first openly gay man to serve in the US House of Representatives, is blasting anti-gay Americans for spreading their message in Uganda.

'These people have been repudiated in America, they’re very unhappy,' Frank said in a radio interview this week.

'The American people have moved and are moving, every day toward the position that, if two people want to show attention to each other, two adults, that’s their business.'

November 27, 2013

As Hannukah begins, here is a countdown of celebrities, politicians, activists and comedians who have the best of both worlds

Hannukah, the eight day Jewish festival, began this week.

Every year Jewish communities around the world commemorate the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem in the 2nd century BCE.

At the time, Syrian King Antioch outlawed Judaism and converted the temple into a place of worship to Greek gods.

His actions sparked a revolt, and the temple was eventually taken back.

Hannukah was instituted to celebrate the success of the revolt.

May 12, 2013

Husband of Democratic Congressman Mark Pocan, Philip Frank, has become the first ever same-sex spouse to receive a spousal ID for the US House of Representatives

The US House of Representatives has issued its first ever spousal ID to the same-sex partner of a member of Congress.

Democratic Representative Mark Pocan’s husband Philip Frank received the ID on April 26 after the House of Representatives Sergeant At Arms informed Pocan that his husband was now eligible to receive a spousal ID.

Previously Philip Frank had had to use a ‘designee’ ID which merely recognized him as a guest of Pocan’s in the House of Representatives.

March 2, 2013

The English language mouthpiece of terrorist group Al Qaeda has criticized President Barack Obama’s support for marriage equality as valueless and pointed to openly gay congressman Barney Frank as a symbol of the corrupt American dream

Islamist terror group Al Qaeda has criticized the Obama Administration for its support for marriage equality and the election of openly gay public officials in the United States.

In the latest issue of the group’s English language mouthpiece, Inspire, an infographic attacks the US for ‘standing on no values,’ quoting President Barack Obama as saying, ‘My stance is still evolving … I think same-sex couples should be able to get married.’

January 31, 2013

Massachusetts governor does not appoint former congressman to John Kerry's vacated seat

Barney Frank, the first openly gay man in history to serve in the US Congress, will not be returning to Washington DC as a senator.

Frank had hoped to be appointed, on an interim basis, to the seat vacated this week by Massachusetts Senator John Kerry. But the state's governor, Deval Patric, instead appointed his former chief of staff William 'Mo' Cowan.

January 31, 2013

Massachusetts governor does not appoint former congressman to John Kerry's vacated seat

Barney Frank, the first openly gay man in history to serve in the US Congress, will not be returning to Washington DC as a senator.

Frank had hoped to be appointed, on an interim basis, to the seat vacated this week by Massachusetts Senator John Kerry. But the state's governor, Deval Patric, instead appointed his former chief of staff William 'Mo' Cowan.

January 4, 2013

Former congressman from Massachusetts has confirmed his desire to fill John Kerry's seat on temporary basis

Barney Frank had his last day as a congressman this week but he's eyeing a return to the US capitol as a senator.

If current Massachusetts Senator John Kerry is nominated and confirmed, as is expected, to succeed Hillary Rodham Clinton as Secretary of State, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick will need to appoint someone to Kerry's seat for approximately three months until a special election can be held.

Frank, the first openly gay member of the House, wants the appointment.

January 4, 2013

Former congressman from Massachusetts has confirmed his desire to fill John Kerry's seat on temporary basis

Barney Frank had his last day as a congressman this week but he's eyeing a return to the US capitol as a senator.

If current Massachusetts Senator John Kerry is nominated and confirmed, as is expected, to succeed Hillary Rodham Clinton as Secretary of State, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick will need to appoint someone to Kerry's seat for approximately three months until a special election can be held.

Frank, the first openly gay member of the House, wants the appointment.

December 31, 2012

Says Chuck Hagel 'voted consistently against fairness for LGBT people'

On his last day as a US congressman, Barney Frank blasted former senator Chuck Hagal who President Barack Obama is considering nominating to be the next secretary of defense.

Frank, the first openly gay person to ever serve in the congress, has not forgotten Hagel's words from 1998 when a gay man, James Hormel, was nominated by then-President Bill Clinton to be US Ambassador to Luxembourg.

December 31, 2012

Says Chuck Hagel 'voted consistently against fairness for LGBT people'

On his last day as a US congressman, Barney Frank blasted former senator Chuck Hagal who President Barack Obama is considering nominating to be the next secretary of defense.

Frank, the first openly gay person to ever serve in the congress, has not forgotten Hagel's words from 1998 when a gay man, James Hormel, was nominated by then-President Bill Clinton to be US Ambassador to Luxembourg.

December 24, 2012

He does not rule out temporarily replacing John Kerry if Massachusetts senator is appointed Secretary of State

Barney Frank, the first openly gay congressman in US history, does not rule out temporaily replacing John Kerry as the senator from Massachusetts should Kerry be appointed secretary of state.

Kerry's current Senate term does not end until 2014 so should he vacate the office, his replacement would be chosen by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. Kerry, Frank and Patrick are all Democrats.

December 24, 2012

He does not rule out temporarily replacing John Kerry if Massachusetts senator is appointed Secretary of State

Barney Frank, the first openly gay congressman in US history, does not rule out temporaily replacing John Kerry as the senator from Massachusetts should Kerry be appointed secretary of state.

Kerry's current Senate term does not end until 2014 so should he vacate the office, his replacement would be chosen by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. Kerry, Frank and Patrick are all Democrats.

December 20, 2012

Gay congressman unhappy anti-gay judge will help decide California's Propsition 8 case next year

In his final days as a US congressman, Barney Frank is slamming Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia for his anti-gay views and remarks.

During a lecture at Princeton University earlier this month, Scalia answered a student's question about his position on sodomy laws and the judge equated his moral opposition to homosexuality to his moral opposition to murder.

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.

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.