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Rep. Barney Frank Announces Retirement

Post submitted by Paul Guequierre, HRC Staff

It is a sad day as openly gay Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank announces he will retire from Congress.  First elected in 1980, Barney is in his 16th term in U.S. House of Representatives.  Over his more than 30 years in Congress, Barney has been a true leader, serving not only LGBT Americans well, but all Americans.  Repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ and passage of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act would never have happened without his leadership.  For those accomplishments alone we are forever grateful, but that is just the start of it.  Barney came out in the 1980s, and defied stereotypes and preconceived notions of what LGBT Americans could accomplish.  He kicked doors open for all of us.

Barney's quick wit and intelligence in the halls of Congress will not soon be forgotten.  His service as chairman of the House Financial Services Committee during a time of great economic upheaval made a gay man one of the most powerful people in the country and he used that power for great good. America, Massachusetts and LGBT people are better off for Barney Frank’s service. 

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