Celebrating LGBTQ History Month: June 5, Barney Frank

5 Jun

Today I would like to honor and pay tribute to Barney Frank. Rep. Frank (D-MA) came out publicly in 1987.  While serving his constituents, he also makes sure to fight discrimination against the LGBTQ community in the House of Representatives–not an easy task under John Boehner. Frank, a gay Jew, certainly understands the meaning of tikkun olam–to repair the world. He is the second openly gay member of the House of Representatives.  I think what I admire most about Frank is that he understands the meaning and significance of being a civil servant:

When someone comes out to his or her parents, the parents may not in every case be ready to become a gay rights supporter.  But they sure as hell don’t want some politician calling their kid an asshole.

What I find contemptible and unconscionable is hearing elected officials (and famous sports stars) using ugly homophobic epithets and preventing our community from full equality.  True leaders/civil servants are supposed to protect the citizens of the United States, not attack them.  Frank carries out this mission with great aplomb.

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