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At the time of his retirement in 2013, after serving 32 years in the House of Representatives, Congressman Barney Frank was the highest ranking and longest-serving openly gay politician in the United States.

Since coming out as homosexual in 1987, Frank has been an outspoken advocate for not only gay and lesbian rights but also all human rights. As a member of the Board of Directors of LGBTQ Loyality Holdings, Inc., that advocacy serves him well, for he brings the knowledge of current inequalities across all platforms to our corporate efforts to reward equality in the marketplace.

On the subject of homophobia, Frank said, “The good news is that there is a lot less of it than there used to be. The bad news is that it ever existed in the first place. And the worse news is that it remains far stronger than is healthy for a society dedicated in theory to equality under the law.”

That sort of outspoken assessment of reality earned Frank a reputation as both witty and pragmatic. During the financial crises of 2007-2008, Frank was the Democrats’ chief negotiator with the Bush Administration, prompting Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi to say of Frank, “He’s solution-oriented, respectful of different perspectives, and brilliant. And it’s brilliance that saves time, because he simplifies the complex for us.”

A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, Frank married his longtime partner Jim Ready in 2012. Since retiring from Congress, Frank has been appointed to the board of directors of Signature Bank, headquartered in New York. He was elected to the board of directors of LGBTQ Loyalty Holdings, Inc. I 2019.

“I am very proud to be helping offer people a chance to satisfy their economic needs while honoring their principles,” Frank said of the LGBTQ Loyalty Index Fund.  “Providing LGBT people and our allies with a way to invest that serves both purposes is a valuable addition to what is now currently available.”

With the current tumultuous political climate in Washington, DC, where equality hangs in the balance, Frank said:  “Demonstrating that enlightened self-interest and social responsibility can reinforce each other has great value.”

Richard Hack is an award-winning author and journalist; and an outspoken advocate for equality in business and government, as well as neutrality in news media.

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