Magazine article Tablet Magazine

Frank Speaker?

Magazine article Tablet Magazine

Frank Speaker?

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Congressman Barney Frank: gay, Jewish, soon to be retired, renowned for wit under pressure. One of the first two openly gay members of Congress, he'll soon be the first congressman married to another man. But in a new interview, we learn that Tip O'Neill, Frank's Democratic Massachusetts House colleague and the Speaker during the 1980s, had another first in mind for Frank.

BF: Robert Bauman had written a book in which he outed me. He incorrectly referred to somebody as my boyfriendhe wasn't, he was a close personal friendbut he referred to me as gay. The press didn't pick it up, but I thought, I'd better tell Tip. So I went to Tip. We were sitting on the floor, it was a bad day, we were losing the vote on the Contras, and I sat next to him. I said, Tip, I've got to tell you something. Bob Bauman is coming out with a book that says I'm gay.

"Awww, Bahney, don't listen to that shit. …

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