Camp News & Media
|Posted by Camp Aranu'tiq of Harbor Camps on May 4, 2010 at 12:05 AM|
On April 25, Congressman Barney Frank spoke to a group of about 30 camp supporters in Newton, Mass. as we gear up for our first summer.
Frank is a longtime LGBT advocate, member of the U.S. House of Representatives for 30 years, and the current Chairman of the Financial Services Committee. He was the first Congressperson to ever come out publicly as gay.
While Nick Teich worked for Frank prior to Nick's own gender transition, Frank has now become the first member of the Congress to hire an openly transgender person, Diego Sanchez, to work for him on Capitol Hill.
Congressman Frank talked about the importance of having a place like Camp Aranu'tiq. He made the important point that it is hard enough being any young kid or a teenager because peers can be relentless. When you add transgenderism or gender variance to the mix, he explained, it becomes that much more difficult to navigate through childhood and young adulthood. He enthusiastically urged the audience to support Aranu'tiq.
Frank also spoke about the debate over federal nondiscrimination laws for transgender and gender-variant/nonconforming people. He talked about people's panic over public restrooms being a main factor in the debate on this issue. In a recent conversation with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Frank, using his trademark mix of sarcasm and wit, said he dared her to show him one member of Congress who did not grow up in a home with "unisex" bathrooms.
We thank Congressman Frank for taking time out of his incredibly busy schedule to encourage people to support Camp Aranu'tiq.