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Barney Frank
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Barney Frank Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Committee In office
January 3, 2011 – January 3, 2013 Preceded by Spencer Bachus Succeeded by Maxine Waters In office
January 3, 2003 – January 3, 2007 Preceded by John LaFalce Succeeded by Spencer Bachus Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee In office
January 4, 2007 – January 3, 2011 Preceded by Mike Oxley Succeeded by Spencer Bachus Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 4th district In office
January 3, 1981 – January 3, 2013 Preceded by Robert Drinan Succeeded by Joe Kennedy Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives
from the 8th Suffolk district In office
January 3, 1979 – January 3, 1981 Preceded by Francis Dailey Succeeded by Thomas Vallely Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives
from the 5th Suffolk district In office
January 3, 1973 – January 3, 1979 Preceded by Eliot Wadsworth Succeeded by Daniel Pokaski Personal details Born Barnett Frank
(1940-03-31) March 31, 1940 (age 77)
Bayonne, New Jersey, U.S. Political party Democratic Spouse(s) Jim Ready (m. 2012) Residence Newton, Massachusetts Alma mater Harvard University

Barnett Frank (born March 31, 1940) is a former American politician and board member of the New York-based Signature Bank. He previously served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Massachusetts from 1981 to 2013. As a member of the Democratic Party, he served as chairman of the House Financial Services Committee (2007–2011) and was a leading co-sponsor of the 2010 Dodd–Frank Act, a sweeping reform of the U.S. financial industry. Frank, a resident of Newton, Massachusetts, is considered the most prominent gay politician in the United States.

Born and raised in Bayonne, New Jersey, Frank graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Law School. He worked as a political aide before winning election to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1972. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1980 with 52 percent of the vote. He was re-elected every term thereafter by wide margins. In 1987, he publicly came out as gay, after coming out to family, friends and close associates a few years prior, becoming the first member of Congress to do so voluntarily. From 2003 until his retirement, Frank was the leading Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee, and he served as committee chairman when his party held a House majority from 2007 to 2011. In July 2012, he married his long-time partner, James Ready, becoming the first member of Congress to marry someone of the same sex while in office. Frank did not seek re-election in 2012, and retired from Congress at the end of his term in January 2013. Frank had expressed interest in serving temporarily in the United States Senate after John Kerry had been confirmed as Secretary of State but was ultimately passed over for Mo Cowan. A biography of Frank was published in 2015.

Contents
  • 1 Early life, education, and early career
  • 2 Pre-congressional career
  • 3 U.S. House of Representatives
    • 3.1 Elections
    • 3.2 Tenure
      • 3.2.1 Scandal
      • 3.2.2 Public image
      • 3.2.3 Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac
      • 3.2.4 Subprime Mortgage crisis
    • 3.3 Committee assignments
  • 4 Political positions and votes
    • 4.1 Abortion
    • 4.2 Civil rights
    • 4.3 Crime
    • 4.4 Drugs
    • 4.5 Economic issues
    • 4.6 Environment
    • 4.7 Military
    • 4.8 Online gambling
    • 4.9 Relations with Israel
  • 5 Post-House career
  • 6 Personal life
    • 6.1 Sexuality
  • 7 Electoral history
  • 8 Bibliography
  • 9 See also
  • 10 Notes
  • 11 References
  • 12 Further reading
  • 13 External links
    • 13.1 Articles

Early life, education, and early career

Frank was born Barnett Frank in Bayonne, New Jersey, one of four children of Elsie (née Golush) and Samuel Frank. His family was Jewish, and his grandparents had immigrated from Poland and Russia. Frank’s father ran a truck stop in Jersey City—a place Frank has described as "totally corrupt"—and when Frank was 6 or 7, his father served a year in prison for refusing to testify to a grand jury against Frank’s uncle. Frank was educated at Harvard College, where he resided in Matthews Hall his first year and then in Kirkland House and Winthrop House. He graduated in 1962. One of his roommates was Hastings Wyman of Aiken, South Carolina, later a political consultant who in 1978 began publishing The Southern Political Report. When Wyman invited Frank to visit Aiken in the early 1960s, Frank made a point of drinking from the since-abolished "colored-only" water fountain then available to African Americans.

Frank’s undergraduate studies were interrupted by the death of his father, and Frank took a year off to help resolve the family’s affairs prior to his graduation. In 1964, he was a volunteer in Mississippi during Freedom Summer. He taught undergraduates at Harvard while studying for a PhD in Government, but left in 1968 before having completed the degree, to become Boston mayor Kevin White’s Chief Assistant, a position he held for three years. He then served for a year as Administrative Assistant to Congressman Michael J. Harrington. In 1977, Frank graduated from Harvard Law School, where he was once a student of Henry Kissinger, while serving as a Massachusetts state representative.

Pre-congressional career

In 1972, Frank was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives where he served for eight years. He made a name for himself in the mid-1970s as a political defender of the Combat Zone, Boston’s notorious red light district. Neighborhoods in Frank’s district bordered the Combat Zone. As a means of dealing with crime in the area (including violence, police corruption and the infiltration by organized crime), he introduced a bill into the Massachusetts General Court that would have legalized the sex-for-hire business but kept it quarantined in a red light district, which would have been moved to Boston’s Financial District. The bill, which had the support of Boston’s Police Commissioner, never came up for a vote. Later, when Frank was running for Congress, opponents erroneously portrayed him as having attempted to permit red-light districts in all Bay State communities.

In 1979, Frank was admitted to the bar in Massachusetts. While in state and local government, he taught, part-time, at the University of Massachusetts Boston, the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, and at Boston University. He published numerous articles on politics and public affairs; in 1992, he published Speaking Frankly, an essay on the role the Democratic Party should play in the 1990s.

U.S. House of Representatives 1981, Congressional Pictorial Directory – Frank’s first term as Congressman Elections

In 1980, Frank ran for the U.S. House of Representatives in the 4th congressional district, hoping to succeed Father Robert Drinan, who had left Congress, following a call by Pope John Paul II for priests to withdraw from political positions. In the Democratic primary held on September 16, 1980, Frank won 52% of the vote in a four-candidate field. As the Democratic nominee, he faced Republican Richard A. Jones in the general election and won narrowly, 52%–48%.

For his first term, Frank represented a district in the western and southern suburbs of Boston, anchored by Brookline and his hometown of Newton. However, in 1982, redistricting forced him to run against Republican Margaret Heckler, who represented a district centered on the South Coast, including Fall River and New Bedford. Although the newly configured district retained Frank’s district number—the 4th—it was geographically more Heckler's district. Frank focused on Heckler's initial support for President Ronald Reagan's tax cuts, and won with 60% of the vote.

Frank did not face another serious race again for a quarter-century. From 1984 to 2008, he won re-election 12 times with at least 67% of the vote.

In 2010, Frank ran for his 16th term. Public opinion polling showed him facing his first credible challenge since defeating Heckler in 1982. His opponent was Republican Sean Bielat, a U.S. Marine veteran and businessman. In mid-September, an internal poll showed Frank leading 48%–38%. In late October, he loaned his campaign $200,000. In early October, the Cook Political Report changed its assessment of the district from "solid Democratic" to "likely Democratic"—meaning that while Frank was favored, a victory by Bielat could not be entirely ruled out. While Frank had a 3-to-1 advantage in terms of cash on hand, Bielat outraised him in September. On October 25, a Boston Globe survey showed Frank leading 46%–33%. Frank won re-election to his 16th term, 54%–43%.

On November 28, 2011, Frank announced at a news conference that he would not seek re-election in 2012.

Tenure Scandal

In 1985 Frank was still publicly closeted. That year he hired Steve Gobie, a male prostitute, for sex, and they became "more friends than sexual partners." Frank housed Gobie and hired him with personal funds as an aide, housekeeper and driver and paid for his attorney and court-ordered psychiatrist.

In 1987, Frank evicted Gobie after being advised by his landlord that Gobie kept escorting despite the support and was doing so in the residence. Later that year, Gobie's friends persuaded him that he had a gay male version of Mayflower Madam, a TV movie about an escort service. In 1989, Gobie tried to initiate a bidding war for the story between WUSA-TV (Channel 9), The Washington Times, and The Washington Post. He then gave the story to The Washington Times for nothing, in hopes of getting a book contract.

Amid calls for an investigation, Frank asked the House Ethics Committee to investigate his relationship "in order to ensure that the public record is clear." The Committee found no evidence that Frank had known of or been involved in the alleged illegal activity and dismissed all Gobie's more scandalous claims; they recommended a reprimand for Frank using his congressional office to fix 33 of Gobie's parking tickets and for misstatements of fact in a memorandum relating to Gobie's criminal probation record. The House voted 408–18 to reprimand Frank.

The attempts to censure and expel Frank were led by Republican Larry Craig (whom Frank later criticized for hypocrisy after Craig's own arrest in 2007 for "propositioning an undercover cop in a Minneapolis-St. Paul airport bathroom"). Despite the controversy, Frank won re-election in 1990 with 66 percent of the vote, and by larger margins until the 2010 mid-term elections when his victory margin went down to eleven points.

Public image

Frank is known for his quick wit and rapid-fire speaking style. In one quip, he said he was unable to complete his review of the Starr Report detailing President Bill Clinton's relationship with Monica Lewinsky, complaining that it was "too much reading about heterosexual sex". In 2004 and again in 2006, a survey of Capitol Hill staffers published in Washingtonian gave Frank the title of the "brainiest", "funniest", and "most eloquent" member of the House. In 2008, the same survey named him "brainiest", and runner up for "workhorse", and "most eloquent"; in 2010, he was named "brainiest", "workhorse", and "funniest". He is also widely considered to have been, during his tenure, one of the most powerful members of Congress. Democratic speech writer Josh Gottheimer, in his book Ripples of Hope: Great American Civil Rights Speeches, describes Frank as "one of the brightest and most energetic defenders of civil rights issues."

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

Frank was criticized by conservative organizations for campaign contributions totaling $42,350 between 1989 and 2008. Bill Sammon, the Washington managing editor for Fox News Channel, claimed the donations from Fannie and Freddie influenced his support of their lending programs, and said that Frank did not play a strong enough role in reforming the institutions in the years leading up to the economic crisis of 2008. In 2006, a Fannie Mae representative stated in SEC filings that they "did not participate in large amounts of these non-traditional mortgages in 2004 and 2005." In response to criticism, Frank said, "In 2004, it was Bush who started to push Fannie and Freddie into subprime mortgages, because they were boasting about how they were expanding homeownership for low-income people. And I said at the time, 'Hey—(a) this is going to jeopardize their profitability, but (b) it's going to put people in homes they can't afford, and they're gonna lose them.'"

In 2009 Frank responded to what he called "wholly inaccurate efforts by Republicans to blame Democrats, and in particular" for the subprime mortgage crisis, which is linked to the financial crisis of 2007–2009. He outlined his efforts to reform these institutions and add regulations, but met resistance from Republicans, with the main exception being a bill with Republican Mike Oxley that died because of opposition from President Bush. The 2005 bill included Frank objectives, which were to impose tighter regulation of Fannie and Freddie and new funds for rental housing. Frank and Mike Oxley achieved broad bipartisan support for the bill in the Financial Services Committee, and it passed the House. But the Senate never voted on the measure, in part because President Bush was likely to veto it. "If it had passed, that would have been one of the ways we could have reined in the bowling ball going downhill called housing," Oxley told Frank. In an op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal, Lawrence B. Lindsey, a former economic adviser to President George W. Bush, wrote that Frank "is the only politician I know who has argued that we needed tighter rules that intentionally produce fewer homeowners and more renters." Once control shifted to the Democrats, Frank was able to help guide both the Federal Housing Reform Act (H.R. 1427) and the Mortgage Reform and Anti-Predatory Lending Act (H.R. 3915) to passage in 2007. Frank also said that the Republican-led Gramm–Leach–Bliley Act of 1999, which repealed part of the Glass–Steagall Act of 1933 and removed the wall between commercial and investment banks, contributed to the financial meltdown. Frank stated further that "during twelve years of Republican rule no reform was adopted regarding Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. In 2007, a few months after I became the Chairman, the House passed a strong reform bill; we sought to get the administration's approval to include it in the economic stimulus legislation in January 2008; and finally got it passed and onto President Bush's desk in July 2008. Moreover, "we were able to adopt it in nineteen months, and we could have done it much quicker if the administration had cooperated."

Subprime Mortgage crisis Congressmen Ellison & Frank at Financial Services Field Hearing on Home Foreclosures in Minneapolis.

As former chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, beginning in 2007, Frank was "at the center of power". Frank has been a critic of aspects of the Federal Reserve system, partnering with some Republicans in opposition to some policies. Frank says that he and Republican Congressman Ron Paul "first bonded because we were both conspicuous nonworshipers at the Temple of the Fed and of the High Priest Alan Greenspan."

Frank has been involved in mortgage foreclosure bailout issues. In 2008 Frank supported passage of the American Housing Rescue & Foreclosure Prevention Act, intended to protect thousands of homeowners from foreclosure. This law, H.R. 3221, is considered one of the most important and complex issues on which he worked. In an August 2007 op-ed piece in Financial Times, Frank wrote, "In the debate between those who believe in essentially unregulated markets and others who hold that reasonable regulation diminishes market excesses without inhibiting their basic function, the subprime situation unfortunately provides ammunition for the latter view." Frank was also instrumental in the passage of H.R. 5244, the Credit Cardholders' Bill of Rights Act of 2008, a measure that drew praise from editorial boards and consumer advocates. In 2007. Frank co-sponsored legislation to reform the Section 202 refinancing program, which is for affordable housing for the elderly, and Section 811 disabled programs. Frank has been a chief advocate of the National Housing Trust Fund, which was created as part of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 and was the first affordable housing program to be enacted by the Congress since 1990.

During the subprime mortgage crisis, Frank was characterized as "a key deal-maker, an unlikely bridge between his party's left-wing base and free market conservatives" in the Bush administration. Hank Paulson, the U.S. Treasury Secretary for the Bush administration, said he enjoyed Frank's penchant for brokering deals, "he is looking to get things done and make a difference, he focuses on areas of agreement and tries to build on those."

The New York Times noted that the Federal Housing Administration's crucial role in the nation's housing market, providing low-down-payment mortgages during the crisis of 2007–2010 when no mortgages would otherwise have been available, "helped avert full-scale disaster" by helping people purchase or refinance homes and thereby putting a floor under falling home prices. However, due to the tighter flow of credit from the banks, total FHA loans in 2009 were four times that of 2006, raising concern that year that if the economy were to dip back into recession, more Fed funds could be required to keep those loans afloat. Frank's response was that the additional defaults — 2.2% more of the total portfolio in 2009 than the year before — were worth the economic stabilization of the broader policy, noting "It was an effort to keep prices from falling too fast." In that context, he opined, "I don't think it's a bad thing that the bad loans occurred." In fact, the unprecedented number of loans made since 2008 were noted to be performing far better than those in the prior two years.

Committee assignments
  • Committee on Financial Services (Ranking Member)
Political positions and votes Frank in his congressional office in 2002 Abortion

In 2009 Frank had a 100% rating from NARAL Pro-Choice America, indicating a pro-choice voting record. He voted against the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act, against the Unborn Victims of Violence Act and against restrictions on the transportation of minors across state lines by non-family members to circumvent local abortion laws. In 1993 Frank co-sponsored the "Freedom of Choice Act" (H.R.25) (1993-H25) to "protect the reproductive rights of women". In 2006, he co-sponsored the "Compassionate Assistance for Rape Emergencies Act" (S.3945) (06-S3945), a bill for "emergency contraception for rape victims". In 2007 he co-sponsored the "Compassionate Care for Servicewomen Act" (S.1800 & HR.2064) (07-HR2064) to "providing emergency contraception at military facilities"; the "Prevention First Act" (S.21&H.R.463 2009-S21) to "expand access to preventive health care services that help reduce unintended pregnancy, reduce abortions, and improve access to women's health care".

Civil rights

In 1987, Frank was the Chair of the important House Judiciary Subcommittee on Administrative Law and Governmental Relations in the 100th Congress. In this position, he was one of the staunchest supporters of redress and reparations for Japanese American internment during World War II. In 2001, Frank co-sponsored an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to apply equal rights based on gender differences. In 2002 he co-sponsored the "Federal Agency Protection of Privacy Act" (H.R.4561) to require a "Privacy Impact Statement" on new federal rules. In 2002 he was scored at 93% by the American Civil Liberties Union on civil rights issues indicating a pro-civil rights voting record.

In 2006, Frank was one of three Representatives to oppose the Respect for America's Fallen Heroes Act, which restricted protests (notably those of Fred Phelps' Westboro Baptist Church) at soldiers' funerals. He opposed the bill, which passed unanimously in the Senate, on civil liberties and constitutional grounds. Frank said of the vote, "I think it's very likely to be found unconstitutional. It's true that when you defend civil liberties you are typically defending people who do obnoxious things... You play into their hand when you let them provoke you into overdoing it. I don't want these thugs to claim America is hypocritical." The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People scored him at 100% in 2006 indicating a pro-affirmative-action stance.

In 2007, Frank co-sponsored the "Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act" (S.2521/H.R.4838) to "provide benefits to domestic partners of Federal employees". That same year, he co-sponsored the "Equal Rights Amendment" (S.J.RES.10/H.J.RES.40) to "strengthen the ongoing efforts of women across the country to obtain equal treatment." In 2009, he signed bills recognizing the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots and the 100th anniversary of the NAACP.

Frank has been outspoken on many civil rights issues, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights. In 1987, he publicly came out as gay. In 1990, Frank was instrumental in crafting the 1990 Immigration Act, which restated the reasons for which a person could be denied entry into the country. The act did not include "sexual preference exclusion", reforming earlier immigration law which allowed persons to be excluded for a sexual deviance "afflict". He said in a 1996 interview: "I'm used to being in the minority. I'm a left-handed gay Jew. I've never felt, automatically, a member of any majority." In 1995, then-Republican House Majority Leader Dick Armey famously referred to Frank as "Barney Fag" in a press interview. Armey apologized and said it was "a slip of the tongue". Frank did not accept Armey's explanation, saying "I turned to my own expert, my mother, who reports that in 59 years of marriage, no one ever introduced her as Elsie Fag." In 1998, Frank founded the National Stonewall Democrats, the national LGBT Democratic organization.

In 2006, Frank and incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi were accused by Rep. John Hostettler (R-IN) of having a "radical homosexual agenda"; Frank responded "I do have things I would like to see adopted on behalf of LGBT people: they include the right to marry the individual of our choice; the right to serve in the military to defend our country; and the right to a job based solely on our own qualifications. I acknowledge that this is an agenda, but I do not think that any self-respecting radical in history would have considered advocating people's rights to get married, join the army, and earn a living as a terribly inspiring revolutionary platform." Frank's stance on outing gay Republicans has been called the "Frank Rule" whereby a closeted person who uses her or his power, position, or notoriety to hurt LGBT people can be outed. The issue became relevant during the Mark Foley scandal of 2006, during which Frank clarified his position on HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher: "I think there's a right to privacy. But the right to privacy should not be a right to hypocrisy. And people who want to demonize other people shouldn't then be able to go home and close the door and do it themselves."

In February 2009, Frank was one of three openly gay members of Congress, along with Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin and Jared Polis of Colorado. In April 2009, Frank was named in the LGBT magazine Out's "Annual Power 50 List", landing at the top spot.

In 2006 the Human Rights Campaign scored him at 100% indicating a pro-gay-rights stance.

Crime

In 2000, Frank was rated at 89% by Citizens United for Rehabilitation of Errants, indicating pro-rehabilitation crime votes. He co-sponsored "Innocence Protection Act of 2001" (H.R. 912, S.486) to "reduce the risk that innocent persons may be executed " and the "National Death Penalty Moratorium Act of 2001" (H.R.1038, S.233) to limit capital punishment until the National Commission on the Death Penalty reviewed the "fairness of the imposition of the death penalty". In 2001, he also co-sponsored the "Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act" (01-HR1343) to "provide Federal assistance to States and local jurisdictions to prosecute hate crimes." Frank co-sponsored the "Recidivism Reduction and Second Chance Act of 2007" to reduce recidivism. (this became Public Law No: 110-199).

Drugs

In 2001, Frank authored the States' Rights to Medical Marijuana Act (H.R. 2592), an attempt to stop the federal government from preempting states' medical marijuana laws. He has consistently voted for the bipartisan Hinchey-Rohrabacher amendment, annually proposed by Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) and Maurice Hinchey (D-NY), that would prohibit the United States Department of Justice from prosecuting medical marijuana patients. In March 2008, he proposed the Personal Use of Marijuana by Responsible Adults Act of 2008 (HR 5843), which would have decriminalized small amounts of the drug, but which died in committee during the 110th Congress. On June 18, 2009, he re-introduced the bill as the Personal Use of Marijuana by Responsible Adults Act of 2009 (HR 2943). Commenting on legislation to remove federal criminal penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use, Frank stated "In a free society a large degree of human activity is none of the government's business. We should make criminal what's going to hurt other people and other than that we should leave it to people to make their own choices." In 2003, he was rated "A" by Vote Hemp, indicating a pro-hemp voting record. In 2006 he was rated "+30" by NORML, indicating a pro-drug-reform stance. In 2007 he co-sponsored the "Drug Sentencing Reform & Kingpin Trafficking Act" ((S.1711) 07-S1711) to "target cocaine kingpins and address sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine". In 2008, Frank sponsored "Removing Impediments to Students Education" (RISE) ((H.R.5157) 08-HR5157) to allow rehabilitated drug offenders to get student loans.

In 2009 Frank signed the "Community AIDS and Hepatitis Prevention Act" (HR 179 2009-H179) to "use Federal funds for syringe exchange programs for purposes of reducing the transmission of bloodborne pathogens, including HIV and viral hepatitis" and the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2009 (H.R.1866 2009-H1866) to "grant each state regulating authority for the growing and processing of industrial hemp."

Economic issues

Frank was a member of the Congressional Internet Caucus established in 1996 to "promoting growth and advancement of the Internet and advance the United States' world leadership in the digital world". In 2001, he co-sponsored the "Anti-Spamming Act" (01-HR718) to protect people and businesses from "unsolicited and unwanted electronic mail". In 2006, Frank voted for the "Communications, Opportunity, Promotion, and Enhancement Act" (Bill HR 5252 Amendment 987) to "establish "network neutrality" (non-tiered Internet)." In 2008, Frank voted against the "FISA Amendments Act" (Bill HR6304) which would give retroactive immunity for those involved in the NSA warrantless surveillance controversy. That same year, he co-sponsored overturning FCC approval of media consolidation (S.J.RES.28&H.J.RES.79 2008-SJR28).

Environment

In 1993, Frank co-sponsored "Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments" (H.R.3392) to regulate more contaminants under the Clean Water Act. In 2001, he co-sponsored the "National Forest Protection and Restoration Act" (H.R.1494) to "prohibiting commercial logging on Federal public lands". In 2003, he was rated 95% by the League of Conservation Voters, indicating pro-environment votes. In 2007, he co-sponsored the "Great Cats and Rare Canids Act" (H.R.1464) to "provide financial resources and to foster international cooperation for promoting conservation of rare felids & canids". In the same year, he co-sponsored the "Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act" (S.261/H.R.137) to "strengthen prohibitions against animal fighting".

Military

In 1996 Frank co-sponsored the "Federal Law Enforcement Dependents Assistance Act" (H.R.4111. Became Public Law No: 104-238.) "to provide educational assistance to the dependents of Federal law enforcement officials who are killed or disabled in the performance of their duties." In 2001 Frank co-sponsored "the MX Missile Stand-Down Act" (01-HR2718) to take fifty Peacekeeper missiles off of high-alert status as well as the Landmine Elimination and Victim Assistance Act (01-HR948). As of December 2003, Frank had an 89% rating by Peace Action, indicating a pro-peace voting record. In 2005, he co-sponsored "Rail Security Act" (S.1379/H.R.153) (05-S1379) giving higher priority to rail transportation security. In 2008, he co-sponsored the "Veterans Suicide Study Act" ( (S.2899/H.R.4204) 08-S2899) designed to study and address suicides among veterans. As of the 111th Congress, Frank is advocating a 25-percent reduction in the overall Military budget of the United States. "The math is compelling: if we do not make reductions approximating 25 percent of the military budget starting fairly soon, it will be impossible to continue to fund an adequate level of domestic activity...," wrote Frank. He claimed that such a significant reduction would have no effect on the United States' ability to defend itself. "If," he said, "beginning one year from now, we were to cut military spending by 25 percent from its projected levels, we would still be immeasurably stronger than any combination of nations with whom we might be engaged." Frank supports having fewer F-35 Joint Strike Fighter planes, but also supports a $3-billion backup engine project that the Pentagon does not want. Frank told MSNBC's Keith Olbermann that he actually wanted to cut the entire F-35 program, but as long as military spending continued, he would fight for his district's share of it.

Online gambling

Frank has partnered with Ron Paul in support of online gambling rights. In 2006, both strongly opposed H.R. 4777, the Internet Gambling Prohibition and Enforcement Act, and H.R. 4411, the Goodlatte-Leach Internet Gambling Prohibition Act. To restore online gambling rights, in 2007 Frank sponsored H.R. 2046, the Internet Gambling Regulation and Enforcement Act. This bill would have established licensing and regulation of online gaming sites. It provided for age verification and protections for compulsive gamblers. In 2008, he and Paul introduced H.R. 5767, the Payment Systems Protection Act, a bill that sought to place a moratorium on enforcement of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 while the United States Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve defined "unlawful Internet gambling". As a result of these efforts, Frank (who does not gamble) has been praised by poker players and online gamblers, including many Republicans.

Relations with Israel

Frank has been a determined supporter of the State of Israel. "The Israeli government has been a wholly democratic one from the beginning," he said in a lecture to students. "It is one of the freest democracies in the world". He attributed the primary reason for Israel’s long war to his belief that Palestinians are unwilling to make concessions.

In August 2009, a confidential memo written by the consul general of Israel in Boston, Nadav Tamir, was leaked to the Israeli media. In the memo, Tamir said that Israel's dealings with the Obama administration on differences over settlements were eroding US support. After Tamir was reprimanded by the Israeli government, Frank defended Tamir in a letter sent to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in which Frank wrote: "I was sorry to learn that he (Tamir) is being criticized because of his accurate reporting of significant (negative) sentiment in the United States... If the people who work for me did not give me the kind of straightforward, thoughtful analysis that the consul is providing, even if it wasn't the most welcome news, that failure - not the information - would cause me unhappiness."

Post-House career

In the wake of the fiscal cliff legislation at the start of 2013, Frank stated that he was interested in the interim appointment that Governor Deval Patrick was expected to make to fill John Kerry's U.S. Senate seat once the latter resigned to serve as United States Secretary of State. Frank had initially said he was not interested in the seat, but went on to change his mind, noting that "that deal now means that February, March, and April are going to be among the most important months in American financial history". He said he would not run in the special election that would be held to fill the seat for the remainder of Kerry's term. At the end of January 2013, Governor Patrick named associate Mo Cowan to the seat for the interim term.

Frank joined the board of directors of the New York-based Signature Bank on June 17, 2015.

Personal life

Frank resides in a studio apartment complex in Newton, Massachusetts. His husband, Jim Ready, is a surfing enthusiast whom Frank met during a gay political fundraiser in Maine, where Ready still lives. On July 7, 2012, Frank married Ready, his longtime partner, at the Boston Marriott Newton in suburban Boston.

As of 2010, Frank's net worth is estimated by the Center for Responsive Politics to be between $619,024 and $1,510,000. His sister, Ann Lewis, served as a senior adviser in Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign.

"Subsequently, after leaving office, I half jokingly objected when Bill Maher, one of my favorite TV hosts, asked if I felt uncomfortable sitting next to a pot-smoking atheist on the set of his show. I replied that that there were two of us on that stage who fit those categories. The media reached the conclusion that I had come out as an atheist. In fact, I am not an atheist. I don't know enough to have any firm view on the subject, and it has never seemed important to me. I have had a life-long aversion to wrestling with questions that I know I can never answer. My tolerance for intellectual uncertainty is very low." Barney Frank, Frank A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same Sex Marriage, Pg 218

On August 3, 2013, Frank expressed sympathy with the host's atheism on the television program Real Time with Bill Maher. In his biography, however, Frank states unequivocally that he is not an atheist and is uncomfortable expressing firm views on questions for which he is unable to provide an answer. Frank's agnosticism led him to resolve (if he had been appointed as interim Senator) to take the oath of office on the United States Constitution, rather than the Bible. For most of his life and entire Congressional career, Frank was known as a Jew. Frank continues to identify strongly with the Jewish community and has been careful throughout his career that his agnosticism not reflect negatively on other Jews. For example, when he stopped going to temple services on the High Holy Days he was careful to remain at home and out of the public eye in order that other Jews would not be criticized using his example.

Sexuality

According to Stuart Weisberg's 2009 biography Barney Frank: The Story of America's Only Left-Handed, Gay, Jewish Congressman, Frank dated women in an effort to deny his homosexuality. His last romance with a woman was a nearly two-year-long affair with Irish-American Catholic Kathleen Sullivan, a Boston School Committee member and the daughter of New England Patriots owner Billy Sullivan, that began in 1974. When the two split up, at Frank's instigation, he admitted to her that he was gay. He was still closeted publicly. According to Frank, he "realized it was crazy" to try to have a romance with someone he cared for but was not compatible with due to his homosexuality. "That was the last effort to avoid being gay," Weisberg quotes Frank as saying. Frank never again dated a woman.

Frank started coming out as gay to friends before he ran for Congress and came out publicly on May 30, 1987, "prompted in part by increased media interest in his private life" and the death of Stewart McKinney, "a closeted bisexual Republican representative from Connecticut". Frank told The Washington Post after McKinney's death that there was "An unfortunate debate about 'Was he or wasn't he? Didn't he or did he?' I said to myself, I don't want that to happen to me." Frank's announcement had little impact on his electoral prospects. Shortly after coming out, Frank met and began dating Herb Moses, an economist and LGBT activist; their relationship lasted for eleven years until an amicable break-up in July 1998. Moses, who was an executive at Fannie Mae from 1991 to 1998, was the first partner of an openly gay member of Congress to receive spousal benefits and the two were considered "Washington's most powerful and influential gay couple".

Electoral history Massachusetts's 4th congressional district: Results 1980–2010 Year Democrat Votes  % Republican Votes  % Third Party Party Votes  % Third Party Party Votes  % 1980 Barney Frank 103,466 52% Richard Jones 95,898 48% 1982 Barney Frank 151,305 60% Margaret Heckler 82,804 40% 1984 Barney Frank 172,903 74% Jim Forte 60,121 26% 1986 Barney Frank 134,387 89% No candidate Thomas DeVisscher Independent 16,857 11% 1988 Barney Frank 169,729 70% Debra Tucker 71,661 30% 1990 Barney Frank 143,473 66% John Soto 75,454 34% 1992 Barney Frank 182,633 68% Edward McCormick 70,665 26% Luke Lumina Independent Voters 13,670 5% Dennis Ingalls Freedom for LaRouche 2,797 1% 1994 Barney Frank 168,942 99% No candidate Others 853 1% 1996 Barney Frank 183,844 72% Jonathan Raymond 72,701 28% 1998 Barney Frank 148,340 98% No candidate Others 2,380 2% 2000 Barney Frank 200,638 75% Martin Travis 56,553 21% David Euchner Libertarian 10,553 4% 2002 Barney Frank 166,125 99% No candidate Others 1,691 1% 2004 Barney Frank 219,260 78% No candidate Charles Morse Independent 62,293 22% 2006 Barney Frank 196,513 98% No candidate Others 2,730 1% 2008 Barney Frank 203,032 68% Earl Sholley 75,571 25% Susan Allen Independent 19,848 7% 2010 Barney Frank 126,194 54% Sean Bielat 101,517 43% Susan Allen Independent 3,445 1% Donald Jordan Tax Revolt Independent 2,873 1% Bibliography
  • Financing Foreign Aid: A Case Study in the Budgetary Process. (1962)
  • Budget for a Strong America (1989)
  • Speaking Frankly: What's Wrong with the Democrats and how to Fix it (1992)
  • Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same-Sex Marriage (2015)
See also
  • List of Jewish members of the United States Congress
  • List of LGBT members of the United States Congress
  • List of federal political scandals in the United States
  • List of federal political sex scandals in the United States
  • List of United States Representatives expelled, censured, or reprimanded
Notes
  1. ^ Frank, who was elected to the House in 1980, was the first gay congressional representative to come out on his own. Congressman Gerry Studds had been the only openly gay federal legislator, having survived the revelation in 1983 that he had had a relationship with a seventeen-year-old male page a decade earlier during a Congressional sex scandal.
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Further reading
  • Weisberg, Stuart (2009). Barney Frank: The Story of America's Only Left-handed, Gay, Jewish Congressman. Amherst, Massachusetts: University of Massachusetts Press. ISBN 978-1-55849-721-4. 
  • Ruttman, Larry (2013). "Barney Frank: Fan and Congressman". American Jews and America's Game: Voices of a Growing Legacy in Baseball. Lincoln, Nebraska and London, England: University of Nebraska Press. pp. 55–64. ISBN 978-0-8032-6475-5.  This chapter in Ruttman's history, based on a May 29, 2009 interview with Frank conducted for the book, discusses Frank's American, Jewish, baseball, and life experiences from youth to the present.
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Articles
  • Johansson, Warren & Percy, William A. Outing: Shattering the Conspiracy of Silence. Harrington Park Press, 1994. pp. 106, 139, 143, 154, 157, 188–9, 228, 231, 235, 291
  • Rapp, Linda (2004). "Frank, Barney". glbtq.com. Retrieved August 16, 2007. 
  • "A Liberal Wit Builds Bridges To the G.O.P.", The New York Times, May 13, 2008.
  • Congressman Frank defends trans-exclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act, The Bilerico Project, September 28, 2007.
  • The Republicans' Democracy Disorder, In These Times, 2006-02-04
  • Congressman Barney Frank: A Buzzflash Interview, Buzzflash, July 22, 2003
  • Monumentally Frank: Interview with Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank Metro Weekly, March 20, 2003.
  • Frank Discusses U.S. Policy, Attitude Regarding Gay Rights at the Wayback Machine (archived October 19, 2007), The Hoya, October 19, 2001.
  • Long interview with Frank at the end of his career
U.S. House of Representatives Preceded by
Robert Drinan Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 4th congressional district

1981–2013 Succeeded by
Joe Kennedy Preceded by
Mike Oxley Chair of the House Financial Services Committee
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  • Baylies
  • Sampson
  • Hobart
  • Lathrop
  • Bates
  • Calhoun
  • J Adams
  • Mann
  • Wentworth
  • Knapp
  • Train
  • Baldwin
  • G Hoar
  • JMS Williams
  • Warren
  • Claflin
  • Candler
  • W Russell
  • CH Allen
  • Greenhalge
  • Stevens
  • McCall
  • Deitrick
  • Dallinger
  • H Thayer
  • Dallinger
  • Healey
  • Goodwin
  • Macdonald
  • O'Neill
  • Kennedy II
  • Capuano
  • Lynch
9th district
  • Varnum
  • Bishop
  • J Dean
  • Wheaton
  • J Reed Jr.
  • Folger
  • J Reed Jr.
  • H Dwight
  • Briggs
  • Jackson
  • Hastings
  • H Williams
  • Hale
  • Fowler
  • Little
  • Dewitt
  • E Thayer
  • Bailey
  • A Walker
  • W Washburn
  • Crocker
  • G Hoar
  • W Rice
  • T Lyman
  • Ely
  • Burnett
  • Candler
  • G Williams
  • O'Neil
  • Fitzgerald
  • Conry
  • Keliher
  • Murray
  • Roberts
  • Fuller
  • Underhill
  • Luce
  • R Russell
  • Luce
  • TH Eliot
  • Gifford
  • Nicholson
  • Keith
  • McCormack
  • Hicks
  • Moakley
  • Lynch
  • Keating
10th district
  • Goodhue
  • Sewall
  • Read
  • Hastings
  • Upham
  • J Allen
  • Brigham
  • Wheaton
  • Morton
  • F Baylies
  • Bailey
  • HAS Dearborn
  • W Baylies
  • Borden
  • H Williams
  • Borden
  • Burnell
  • Grinnell
  • Scudder
  • Dickinson
  • Chaffee
  • Delano
  • Dawes
  • Crocker
  • Stevens
  • Seelye
  • Norcross
  • W Rice
  • JE Russell
  • J Walker
  • McEttrick
  • Atwood
  • Barrows
  • Naphen
  • McNary
  • O'Connell
  • Curley
  • Murray
  • Tague
  • Fitzgerald
  • Tague
  • Douglass
  • Tinkham
  • Herter
  • Curtis
  • Martin
  • Heckler
  • Studds
  • Delahunt
  • Keating
11th district
  • Bradbury
  • Bartlett
  • Cutler
  • Stedman
  • A Bigelow
  • Brigham
  • B Adams
  • J Russell
  • Hobart
  • J Richardson
  • J Adams
  • J Reed Jr.
  • Burnell
  • Goodrich
  • Trafton
  • Dawes
  • Chapin
  • Robinson
  • Whiting II
  • Wallace
  • Coolidge
  • Draper
  • Sprague
  • Powers
  • Sullivan
  • Peters
  • Tinkham
  • Douglass
  • Higgins
  • Flaherty
  • Curley
  • Kennedy
  • O'Neill
  • Burke
  • Donnelly
12th district
  • Dearborn
  • I Parker
  • Lee
  • S Thatcher
  • Skinner
  • Larned
  • Bidwell
  • Bacon
  • Dewey
  • Hulbert
  • Strong
  • Kendall
  • L Bigelow
  • Baylies
  • Hodges
  • J Adams
  • Robinson
  • F Rockwell
  • Crosby
  • E Morse
  • Lovering
  • Powers
  • Weeks
  • Curley
  • Gallivan
  • McCormack
  • Keith
  • Studds
13th district
  • Wadsworth
  • Seaver
  • Ruggles
  • Dowse
  • Eustis
  • J Reed Jr.
  • Randall
  • Simpkins
  • Greene
  • Weeks
  • Mitchell
  • Carter
  • Luce
  • Wigglesworth
  • Burke
14th district
  • G Thatcher
  • Cutts
  • C King
  • J Holmes
  • Lovering
  • E Foss
  • Harris
  • Gilmore
  • Olney
  • Frothingham
  • Wigglesworth
  • Martin
15th district
  • Wadsworth
  • Ilsley
  • Whitman
  • Widgery
  • Bradbury
  • Whitman
  • Greene
  • Leach
  • Martin
  • Gifford
16th district
  • S Thatcher
  • Cook
  • Tallman
  • S Davis
  • Brown
  • Orr
  • Hill
  • T Thacher
  • Walsh
  • Gifford
17th district
  • Bruce
  • Chandler
  • Gannett
  • F Carr
  • Wood
  • J Carr
  • Wilson
  • Kinsley
18th district
  • Wilson
  • T Rice
  • J Parker
19th district
  • J Parker
  • Conner
  • Gage
  • Cushman
20th district
  • Hubbard
  • Parris
  • E Lincoln
At-large
  • Cobb
Authority control
  • WorldCat Identities
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  • LCCN: no90017119
  • ISNI: 0000 0001 1483 4581
  • GND: 140603662
  • SUDOC: 059371390
  • US Congress: F000339


Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same-Sex Marriage
Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same-Sex Marriage
The New York Times BestsellerHow did a disheveled, intellectually combative gay Jew with a thick accent become one of the most effective (and funniest) politicians of our time?Growing up in Bayonne, New Jersey, the fourteen-year-old Barney Frank made two vital discoveries about himself: he was attracted to government, and to men. He resolved to make a career out of the first attraction and to keep the second a secret. Now, sixty years later, his sexual orientation is widely accepted, while his belief in government is embattled. Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same-Sex Marriage is one man's account of the country's transformation--and the tale of a truly momentous career. Many Americans recall Frank's lacerating wit, whether it was directed at the Clinton impeachment ("What did the president touch, and when did he touch it?") or the pro-life movement (some people believe "life begins at conception and ends at birth"). But the contours of his private and public lives are less well-known. For more than four decades, he was at the center of the struggle for personal freedom and economic fairness. From the battle over AIDS funding in the 1980s to the debates over "big government" during the Clinton years to the 2008 financial crisis, the congressman from Massachusetts played a key role. In 2010, he coauthored the most far-reaching and controversial Wall Street reform bill since the era of the Great Depression, and helped bring about the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell. In this feisty and often moving memoir, Frank candidly discusses the satisfactions, fears, and grudges that come with elected office. He recalls the emotional toll of living in the closet and how his public crusade against homophobia conflicted with his private accommodation of it. He discusses his painful quarrels with allies; his friendships with public figures, from Tip O'Neill to Sonny Bono; and how he found love with his husband, Jim Ready, becoming the first sitting member of Congress to enter a same-sex marriage. He also demonstrates how he used his rhetorical skills to expose his opponents' hypocrisies and delusions. Through it all, he expertly analyzes the gifts a successful politician must bring to the job, and how even Congress can be made to work. Frank is the story of an extraordinary political life, an original argument for how to rebuild trust in government, and a guide to how political change really happens--composed by a master of the art.

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Barney Frank: The Story of America's Only Left-Handed, Gay, Jewish Congressman
Barney Frank: The Story of America's Only Left-Handed, Gay, Jewish Congressman
In a survey conducted by Washingtonian magazine, Barney Frank was rated the smartest, funniest, and most eloquent member of Congress. A mainstay in the House of Representatives since 1981, he has come to be known for his talent as a legislator, his zeal for verbal combat, his imposing intellect, and a quick wit that both disarms and entertains other lawmakers. Most recently, as chair of the Financial Services Committee, he was instrumental in crafting a compromise bill to stem the tide of home mortgage foreclosures, as well as the subsequent $700 billion "rescue plan."Based on interviews with over 150 people, including more than thirty hours with Frank himself, this biography reconstructs for the first time his life and career, from his working-class childhood in Bayonne, New Jersey, to his years at Harvard and in Boston politics, through his rise to national prominence. Stuart Weisberg captures Frank in all his quirkiness, irreverence, and complexity. He also examines his less appealing side―his gruff exterior, his legendary impatience, his aversion to wasting time. Weisberg reveals the pressure Frank has felt as the most prominent openly gay politician in the United States, one whose career was nearly derailed by a highly publicized sex scandal involving a male prostitute. Above all, this book shows Frank to be a superb legislator―a pragmatic politician who has dedicated his career to pursuing an unabashedly liberal agenda and whose depth of intellect and sense of humor have made him one of the most influential and colorful figures in Washington.

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$12.01
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Cats V. Conniff: A chronicle of the historic lawsuit brought against Frank Conniff by his cats, Millie & Barney
Cats V. Conniff: A chronicle of the historic lawsuit brought against Frank Conniff by his cats, Millie & Barney
The Defendant: Frank Conniff. Comedian, writer, gout sufferer, and prolific tweeter, who understood that his incendiary social media posts might one day lead to calls for his head, but never suspected that the calls would be coming from inside his house. The Plaintiffs: Millie & Barney. Indoor cats. Eaters, sleepers, poopers, bladder emptiers. Frequent subjects of Conniff’s Twitter, Facebook and Instagram timelines, until they finally decided that enough was enough and fought back against what they perceived as rank exploitation by the guy they had always assumed was working for them. The result was a bombshell Defamation of Character law suit, the repercussions of which were still being felt minutes after the trial ended. Now every sensational detail of the legal cage match that shocked the world can now be told. This volume contains the whole scandalous story of a precedent-setting judicial conflict that makes the O.J. Simpson trial look like a mere double murder.

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$12.99



Speaking Frankly : What's Wrong with the Democrats and How to Fix It
Speaking Frankly : What's Wrong with the Democrats and How to Fix It
THIS BOOK IS IN VERY GOOD CONDITION YOU WILL ENJOY.

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$19.26



Time on Two Crosses: The Collected Writings of Bayard Rustin
Time on Two Crosses: The Collected Writings of Bayard Rustin
In 1956 Bayard Rustin taught Martin Luther King Jr. strategies of nonviolence during the Montgomery Bus Boycott, thereby launching the civil rights movement. Widely acclaimed as a founding father of modern black protest, Rustin reached international notoriety in 1963 as the openly gay organizer of the March on Washington. Long before the March on Washington, Rustin's leadership placed him at the vanguard of social protest. His gay identity, however, became a point of contention with the movement, with the controversy embroiling even King himself. Time on Two Crosses offers an insider's view of many of the defining political moments of our time. From Gandhi's impact on African Americans, white supremacists in Congress, and the assassination of Malcolm X to Rustin's never-before-published essays on Louis Farrakhan, affirmative action, and the call for gay rights, Time on Two Crosses chronicles five decades of Rustin's commitment to justice and equality.

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Frank Talk: The Wit and Wisdom of Barney Frank
Frank Talk: The Wit and Wisdom of Barney Frank
During his years in Congress, Barney Frank (D-MA) has built a reputation as a respected leader on many fronts: as an expert debater, a master parliamentarian, and a point man for his party on legislation. The first openly gay congressman, Frank is unafraid to take on difficult issues such as gay rights or the legalization of marijuana for medical purposes. He pulls no punches in his cutting remarks about the many personalities and colleagues he cites and is a favorite guest on the talk show circuit.Edited and compiled by Peter Bollen, Frank Talk is an informal collection of quotations from this witty and brilliant congressman who is constantly quoted by news reporters, columnists, and pundits. After a quarter century as an elected official, Frank's humor and acerbic remarks have been collected in this volume, which includes congressional testimony, selections from his humorous fund-raising letters, and off the cuff comments as reported in the media.

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Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act or HR 4173
Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act or HR 4173
There is no table of contents to link to sections.To promote the financial stability of the United States by improving accountabilityand transparency in the financial system, to end ‘‘too big to fail’’, to protectthe American taxpayer by ending bailouts, to protect consumers from abusivefinancial services practices, and for other purposes.

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Plenty-Coups: Chief of the Crows
Plenty-Coups: Chief of the Crows
In his old age, Plenty-coups (1848–1932), the last hereditary chief of the Crow Indians, told the moving story of his life to Frank B. Linderman, the well-known western writer who had befriended him. Plenty-coups is a classic account of the nomadic, spiritual, and warring life of Plains Indians before they were forced onto reservations. Plenty-coups tells of the great triumphs and struggles of his own life: his powerful medicine dreams, marriage, raiding and counting coups against the Lakotas, fighting alongside the U.S. Army, and the death of General Custer. This new edition allows readers to appreciate more fully the accomplishments and rich legacy of Plenty-coups. A previously unpublished essay by Linderman tells of his meeting and working with the chief. An introduction by Phenocia Bauerle and Barney Old Coyote Jr., both members of the Crow Nation, speaks to the enduring importance of Plenty-coups for the Crow people in the twenty-first century; an afterword by Timothy P. McCleary, also of the Crow Nation, highlights the pivotal role Plenty-coups played during the early reservation years after the buffalo had gone; an essay by Celeste River examines the special relationship between the old chief and Linderman; a map of Plenty-coups's world highlights places named in the story; a glossary of Crow words and concepts found in the story draws upon the latest orthographic standards and contemporary translation; and a photo gallery showcases both Plenty-coups at different stages of his life and unforgettable scenes of his world.

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Improper Bostonians: Lesbian and Gay History from the Puritans to Playland
Improper Bostonians: Lesbian and Gay History from the Puritans to Playland
A Harvard student expelled for cross-dressing in the early 1600s, 17th-century citizens fined for same-sex cohabitation, touring female impersonators of the nineteenth century, early 20th-century women who passed as men and married other women . . .Surprising, fun, and magnificently illustrated, Improper Bostonians is the first book to depict the last three centuries of gay and lesbian life in Boston - the American city with the longest recognized history of gay and lesbian life - and is the most comprehensive and meticulously researched gay city history ever written.

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Positively Gay: New Approaches to Gay and Lesbian Life
Positively Gay: New Approaches to Gay and Lesbian Life
When POSITIVELY GAY was first published in 1979, it was widely praised for its practical treatment of a variety of topics affecting the lives of gays and lesbians. With a list of contributors from diverse backgrounds, disciplines, and approaches, this important resource, compiled by Dr. Betty Berzon, spotlights significant but often overlooked topics such as building successful same-sex partnerships, reconciling religious dilemmas, coming out to one'¬?s family, creating gay families, using voting power to effect change, dealing with legal and financial issues, and living as a gay person of color. Gay and lesbian readers will find much to inform and guide them on their journey to self-acceptance.‚Ä¢ Replaces previous edition: ISBN 0-89087-676-2.‚Ä¢ Previous editions sold 50,000 copies.‚Ä¢ Provides information on recent developments and debates that have affected gay culture, including the Internet and same-sex marriage.

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$60.00


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