Rep. Barney Frank shows emotion at a ceremony in December 2010 when President Barack Obama signed the "don't ask, don't tell" repeal legislation that would allow gays to serve openly in the military. Frank, who retired in 2012, spent his career fighting for gay rights.
In 1972, former Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) decided he would run for the state legislature in Massachusetts — but he also explicitly decided to stay in the closet. And as he made this decision, he made a promise to himself to support LGBT rights.