Rep. Barney Frank, a well-known openly gay Member, is not running for re-election. Some LGBT advocates worry that there will be a lapse in leadership on gay issues when the Massachusetts Democrat leaves the House.
“There’s no question that legislating is the most personal form of governance. ... Personal factors mean a lot,” Frank said. “I think if you believe that we should be finishing the fight against legal discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender, it is important to have people who are gay and transgender and lesbian in the mix.”
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.