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Barney Frank wins re-election to U.S. House

Gay lawmaker faced tough challenge from Republican

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Amid disappointment over the projected Republican takeover of the U.S. House, good news came for the LGBT community with the re-election of the longest-serving openly gay member of Congress.

Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) fended off a challenge from his Republican opponent Sean Bielat, a businessman. According to the Boston Globe, Frank won by taking 54 percent of the vote in Massachusetts’ 4th congressional district. In comparison, Bielat took 43 percent of the vote.

Chuck Wolfe, CEO of the Victory Fund, praised Frank’s victory in a statement.

“Barney Frank is nothing if not a fighter, and we’re very happy he will return to the House and continue to fight for the people of Massachusetts and for all LGBT Americans,” Wolfe said. “Nobody has worked harder or longer in the U.S. Congress for fairness and equality for the LGBT community.”

Many in the LGBT community were alarmed when Bielat outperformed Frank in fundraising in September and Frank lent $200,000 of his own money to his campaign.

Frank’s position as chair of the House Financial Services Committee gave him a lead role in moving forward with financial reform legislation and the $700 billion bank bailout plan of 2008, making him an attractive target for conservative forces trying to win control of Congress.

Still, throughout the course of the campaign, Frank was consistently ahead of his opponent in numerous polls — sometimes by double-digits.

A possible win by Bielat also concerned many LGBT people because remarks the candidate made in favor of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

A former Marine, Bielat questioned why gays should think they have a right to servce in the military when short people aren’t permitted to enlist, according to the Boston Herald.

“There’s no absolute right to serve,” Bielat was quoted as saying. “Men under the height of 5 feet, 2 inches can’t serve — I don’t see anybody protesting. Where are the people standing in front of the White House, the short guys standing in front of the White House? You don’t see it.”

The other incumbent gay congressional candidates — Reps. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and Jared Polis (D-Colo.) — won re-election on Election Day.

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National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Certifies Brown, Naff, Pitts Omnimedia, Inc

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Washington, D.C. — Brown, Naff, Pitts Omnimedia, Inc, the parent company of the Washington Blade and Azer Creative, announced today it has been certified by the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) as an LGBT Business Enterprise. The NGLCC supports and advocates for diversity and inclusion for LGBT-owned businesses. With this certification the Blade’s parent company joins more than 510 business and 134 corporate partners of the NGLCC.

Brown, Naff, Pitts Omnimedia, Inc. owns and operates the Washington Blade, the oldest and most acclaimed LGBT newspaper in the country. In 2012, the company launched Azer Creative, a full-service design firm. The company employs more than a dozen full-time LGBT staff.

“We are excited to become one of the 500 LGBT businesses across the country certified by NGLCC,” said Lynne Brown, the Blade’s publisher and a co-owner of the company. “The LGBT community has been part of our company from the beginning and we look forward to continue that for many years to come.”

The Washington Blade was founded in 1969 and is known as the “newspaper of record” for the LGBT community both locally and nationally. Visit washingtonblade.com for more information. Azer Creative is a full-service graphic design firm based in Washington, D.C. Visit azercreative.com for more information. 

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Vote now for the 2013 Best of Gay DC!

Choose in dozens of categories among hundreds of nominees, and make your voice heard!

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Nominate the ‘Best of Gay D.C.’ now!

Dozens of categories cover all the best for LGBT Washington. Who deserves the prize this year?

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