Barney Frank announced his retirement from Congress after 45 years of service.
He didn’t shy away from speaking his mind, and usually did so in a damn entertaining way. I think it’s fair to say that there are very few people in Congress that can outdo him in witty trash talk.
The reason I’ve always respected him is that he had the guts to come out as gay on his own accord in 1987 (the first to do so) and served openly since then. As he said: “I’m used to being in the minority. I’m a left-handed gay Jew.” But he was also a liberal, and all those factors attracted a s*** storm of vile commentary from his critics.
I always take my hat off to men and women that stand tall, with or without the approval of others, especially in political office where being different in any way is a heavy burden.
Here is a recent interview with him on Charlie Rose: