June 1, 2019 at 7:49 am EST | by Staff reports
Looking back: 50 years of the Blade
Barney Frank, gay news, Washington Blade
Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) in 1985. (Washington Blade archive photo by Doug Hinckle)

Then-Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank in an interview that appeared on the front page of the Boston Globe on May 30, 1987, came out as gay. The pioneering Massachusetts lawmaker publicly disclosed his sexual orientation ahead of that year’s Pride season, which took place at the height of the AIDS epidemic.

Frank returns to D.C. next week to throw out the ceremonial first pitch in the 15th annual Night OUT at the Nationals game.

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