Retiring Rep. Barney Frank toured Cathedral of Hope and met with members of Youth First Texas for an hour-long discussion at the Interfaith Peace Chapel on Monday.
Frank was in town for a fundraiser for Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson.
“I’m not campaigning myself this year,” Frank said. “And Eddie Bernice Johnson is enormously respected in Congress.”
Frank predicted that within 20 years, there will be full LGBT equality. He said several things have changed recently paving the way. States that have passed marriage equality have seen no impact on anyone else’s marriage. The head of the Marine Corps who opposed the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” said he was wrong and that repeal had no negative impact the military. And younger people are less likely to oppose equality and their support should continue as they age.
He said that the anti-LGBT faction has tried to divide the African-American caucus to stop their support of LGBT equality.
But Rep. Johnson said, “We know what it’s like to be treated unfairly.”
Frank said the black caucus is better on LGBT issues than the gay members.
“Not the openly gay members,” he said, politely declining to name any of his colleagues as closeted.