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Seven Congress Members In The Closet?

Rep. Barney Frank, Democrat, Massachusetts

Rep. Barney Frank, Democrat, Massachusetts

Currently there are only seven members of Congress who qualify as LGBT because they are openly gay, bisexual or lesbian. There are currently no trans members of Congress. Retired member of Congress Barney Frank, though, has stated that he knows of seven closeted members of Congress.

The 73-year-old Frank was the first openly gay member of Congress to enter into a same-sex marriage. He was not the first openly gay member of Congress, though. That distinction goes to the late Representative Gerry Studds who was outed after a scandal involving Congressional pages.

Frank spoke at the Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco where he stated “I’m glad to see so many of you who apparently have attention spans that exceed a tweet.” He went on to praise President Bill Clinton as a “hero of gay rights” even though he signed both Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and the Defense of Marriage Act. At the time, as Frank noted, Clinton was under a lot of pressure to sign those bills. Speaking about DADT, Frank said that “it was the best Clinton could do.

Frank also told the audience, which was around 500, that “being gay in Washington, DC is not easy. He added that he knew of three senators and four representatives who are closeted, but would not name names.

Currently, only Senator Tammy Baldwin and Representatives Jared Polis, David Cicilline, Sean Patrick Maloney, Kyrsten Sinema, Mark Pocan, and Mark Takano have come out of the closet. Many did so long before their careers began.

It is highly suspected that Senator Mark Kirk is either gay or bisexual, and that Senator Lindsay Graham is gay.

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One Response to Seven Congress Members In The Closet?

  1. Sheldon

    May 17, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    You left out Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md) & Rep David Dreier (R-Ca, both of whom play the former Anderson Cooper game of being out without acknowledging it.