Rep. Frank came out publicly in 1987.
In 1990, Frank was the center of a controversy surrounding Steve Gobie, a male prostitute that ran a prostitution ring from Frank's home. The House Ethics committee found no evidence that Frank knew about or was involved in the illegal activities. The House voted 408-18 to reprimand him. Rep. Frank bounced back politically by winning re-election by 1990 by 66 percent of the vote.
The Frank Rule
Barney Frank's position on outing gay Republicans is known as the "The Frank Rule." Frank believes a person should to be outed if they use their power to further anti-gay causes. He says, "The fact is, yes, the Republicans do think [homosexuality] should be a crime. And I think there’s a right to privacy. But the right to privacy should not be a right to hypocrisy...people who want to demonize other people shouldn’t then be able to go home and close the door, and do it themselves."