June 5, 2012 | by Michael Key
Gay Men’s Chorus honors Barney Frank

Congressman Barney Frank (D-Mass.) receiving the Harmony Award flanked by his fiancé Jim Ready (left) and Tom Mounteer, GMCW board chair. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington honored openly-gay Congressman Barney Frank (D-Mass.) with its Harmony Award at the beginning of the Heart Throbs concert on Saturday.

“Last Wednesday you celebrated the 25th anniversary of your coming out in 1987 – the same year, coincidentally, that I came out,” noted Tom Mounteer, board chair of the Chorus. “I don’t think either of us would have predicted in the year of our coming out that – within just 25 years – the sitting U.S. President would support same-sex marriage. And even more amazing, Congressman, who would have thought, after you and Jim return to Washington later this summer, we would have a sitting Member of Congress in a same-sex marriage.”

Congressman Frank accepted the award with his fiancé Jim Ready at his side.

Michael Key has worked as a photojournalist for the Washington Blade since 2009 and is currently serving as the photo editor. He has worked on Capitol Hill, in the White House, on the campaign trail and in cities along the East Coast taking iconic photos documenting the extension of marriage benefits to same-sex couples, the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," and other events of interest to the LGBT community. Follow Michael

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