Roland’s of Capitol Hill, the convenience store on the corner of 4th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, has a special place in former Rep. Barney Frank’s heart.
“At 10 o’clock at night, go see them buy milk for the morning — members of Congress in Roland’s,” the Massachusetts Democrat said Monday while recording an episode of WAMU’s “The Dinner Party Download .”
A few days after coming out, Frank went into Roland’s one night after work.
He recalled feeling vulnerable at the time.
“You feel pretty exposed, like you walk around and [people could think] ‘Oh, I wonder what he did last night,’” he said. “You don’t want to expose your sexuality but there is no option.”
Frank said Rudman, a moderate Republican who served in the Senate from 1980 to 1993, spotted him shopping and waited for him at the front door.
As Frank was leaving, Rudman said, “Barney, I’m proud of you.”