By Casey O’Brien — News Editor
Lasell College will host Congressman Barney Frank as the 2012 Commencement Speaker. Frank, a Democratic Representative for Massachusetts, will deliver the commencement address at graduation on May 13.
A graduate of Harvard University, Frank served in the Massachusetts State House of Representatives for eight years until he was elected to the United States Congress in 1980. While serving in the House, he taught at the University of Massachusetts Boston, Boston University, and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.
Frank was involved in the foreclosure bailout issues in 2007 and the regulation of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. In 2008, he supported the American Housing Rescue and Foreclosure Prevention Act, which would protect homeowners from foreclosure.
For many years, Frank has been a pro-choice advocate, co-sponsoring the Freedom of Choice Act in 1993, which protected the reproductive rights of a woman. He also co-sponsored the Prevention First Act, which expands access to health care services to help reduce abortions and improve access to women’s health care.
Frank has been an advocate for LGBT rights, as he came out in 1987. In 1998, he formed the National Stonewall Democrats, a national LGBT Democratic organization based in Washington, D.C. The organization has more than 90 chap- ters nationwide, and is described as “a grassroots network connecting LGBT Democratic activists from Seattle, Wash., to Austin, Texas, to Little Rock, Ark., to Atlanta, Ga,” according to www. stonewalldemocrats.org.