Please join us for this year’s Phyllis L. Kossoff Lecture, as we welcome Barney Frank to Roosevelt House for a special evening celebrating the recent publication of his memoir Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same-Sex Marriage.

Frank will discuss his more than four decades at the center of the struggle for personal freedom and economic fairness, from the battle over AIDS funding in the 1980s to the debates over “big government” during the Clinton years to the 2008 financial crisis, in all of which the long-time congressman from Massachusetts played a key role. Frank will also talk about the emotional toll of living in the closet and how his public crusade against homophobia conflicted with his private accommodation of it. He found love with his husband, Jim Ready and became the first sitting member of Congress to enter a same-sex marriage. Frank will also discuss his proposals for how Congress can be made to work — and how trust in government can, and must, be rebuilt.

Barney Frank is a former Massachusetts Congressman and author of  Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same-Sex Marriage.

The Phyllis L. Kossoff Lecture is an annual forum that brings leading figures in public life to Roosevelt House for conversation and reflection on pressing issues of domestic and international concern.

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Barney Frank – “Frank: A Life in Politics, from the Great Society to Same-Sex Marriage” – The 2015 Phyllis L. Kossoff Lecture | Posted on May 12th, 2015 | Book Discussions, Public Programs