Former Congressman Barney Frank: Reality Is LGBT People “Beat Prejudice”

Former Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) joined yesterday’s “Meet the Press” with Chuck Todd to discuss his new memoir, “Frank.”

During the appearance, Frank said things have gotten better for gays because we “stopped hiding:”

“Well, I tell you, our reality as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender people beat the prejudice. I mean, the central mechanism is that we stopped hiding. And it turns out we weren’t what the stereotype was. But clearly, there was a point when the notion that I could get married to Jim while I was still in Congress would’ve been the most bizarre possibility.

“I remember the time I got married, someone said, “Well, would it be controversial if you got married while you were still in Congress?” And the answer was, yes it was. A lot of my colleagues were mad that they didn’t get invited. So our reality is that. On the other side, I think the fundamental issue, and it does go back to a Clinton campaign statement, “It’s the economy, stupid.””