Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank on Wednesday addressed the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' (ATF) first-ever Gay Pride reception.

According to a bureau press release, the ATF's event recognized the accomplishments and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans to ATF and the nation.

“ATF works to ensure sexual orientation discrimination and prejudice are not tolerated in our workplace,” said Kenneth Melson, acting ATF director. “ATF is an equal employment opportunity environment where effective and equitable participation is encouraged.”

Frank spoke of his experience as one of four openly gay lawmakers serving in the U.S. House. Also gay are Representatives Jared Polis of Colorado, Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin and David Cicilline of Rhode Island.

The 71-year-old Frank officially came out gay at the age of 47, during his fourth term as congressman, in a Boston Globe May 30, 1987 front page story titled Frank Discuses Being Gay. He said he was prompted to come forward by the death of Stewart McKinney, a closeted bisexual Republican representative from Connecticut.

We are grateful that the Honorable Rep. Frank could share his experiences with our workforce as we celebrate diversity today,” added Melson.

The 9AM reception was hosted by the agency's affinity group ATF Pride and held at its Washington headquarters.