Barney Frank: Being Gay Now More Popular Than Being a Politician

On Late Night with Seth Myers Wednesday night, former congressman Barney Frank (D-MA) said that by the end of his political career, being gay became more popular than being a congressman.

“When I was 14, I realized I was gay,” Frank said. “I said I was a lot like the other guys, but there were two things that I knew made me different than the other guys. First of all, I was attracted to politics. Second, I was attracted to the other guys. Now, that wasn’t going to work well, because to be in politics you had to be popular. To be a homosexual was not to be very popular.”

“Spoiler alert,” Frank continued. “By the time I retired, there was still a disparity between the popularity of being gay and the popularity of being a politician. But it had flipped. My marriage polled better than my service as a committee chairman.”

Frank made sure to note that he had not polled on his marriage himself, but that somebody else had and informed him of the results.

Watch the clip below, via NBC:

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