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Rep. Barney Frank and the record number of openly gay candidates running for Congress

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House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank (D-MA), one of two openly gay members of Congress. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

A record number of openly gay candidates are running for seats in the next Congress, and almost all of them say their sexuality is a non-issue on the campaign trail — both for them, and their opponents.

If they win, Congress could see its first openly gay Asian-American (from Riverside), its first openly bisexual member, and its first gay senator this January.

Is there greater significance to this trend? And how has the climate changed in the nearly three decades openly gay Congressman Barney Frank has been in office?


Chris Johnson, a political reporter for the Washington Blade

Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA)

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