After being subjected to anti-gay slurs, Massachusetts Representative Barney Frank has called a weekend Tea Party protest “mass hysteria.”

Protesters swarmed the Capitol on Saturday to launch an 11th hour campaign against a health care reform bill narrowly approved by House lawmakers on Sunday. Representative Michele Bachmann, a Minnesota Republican, and actor Jon Voight, addressed the crowd at a morning rally before members proceeded on their own to lobby lawmakers.

Both on Saturday and Sunday, Frank, who is openly gay, was taunted by protesters.

During one incident, reported by Talking Points Memo, a protester yelled “Barney, you faggot” as the 69-year-old lawmaker rounded a corner to leave the Longworth House Office Building. A surrounding crowd erupted in laughter.

Frank also confirmed reports that other protesters shouted “homo communist” at him and another told him to “go homo to Massachusetts.”

“I'm disappointed at an unwillingness to be just civil,” Frank told TPM.

“Obviously there are perfectly reasonable people that are against this, but the people out there today on the whole – many of them were hateful and abusive.”

Frank added, “Michele Bachmann's rhetoric is inflammatory as well as wholly baseless.”

“If this was my cause, and I saw this angry group yelling and shouting and being so abusive to people, I would ask them to please stop it. I think they do more harm than good.”

Other sources reported that African-American Democratic lawmakers were also insulted.

Representatives Andre Carson from Indiana and John Lewis from Georgia told The Hill that they were subjected to racial epithets from protesters as they walked outside the Capitol.

“I've heard this before in the 60's,” Lewis, considered a leader of the civil rights movement, said. “A lot of this is just downright hate.”

While several Republican leaders, including party boss Michael Steele, denounced the racial and anti-gay slurs, others justified the protester's actions.

“When you use totalitarian tactics, people, you know, begin to act crazy,” Representative Devin Nunes, a California Republican, said on CSPAN. “I think that people have every right to say what they want. If they want to smear someone, they can do it.”