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Barney Frank Says He’s Proud Of Coming Out, ‘I Do Think It Was Helpful’

By Igor Volsky  

"Barney Frank Says He’s Proud Of Coming Out, ‘I Do Think It Was Helpful’"

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During a press conference announcing his retirement in Newton, Massachusetts this afternoon, Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) said that coming out as openly gay in 1987 in his fourth term had a positive impact on the country. “The best antidote to prejudice is reality, because prejudice is by definition based on ignorance of people’s real condition,” Frank said. “When I volunteered to finally come out in 1987, I do think it was helpful in that regard, and yes I’m proud of that.” At the time, Frank was the second openly gay man to serve in Congress; the late Rep. Gerry Studds (D-MA) came out in 1983 and was the first. Watch it:

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