Barney Frank In Metro Detroit For Key Events

Holocaust Exhibit Opening

A nationally acclaimed exhibit "Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933-1945," on tour from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC, opens Jan. 5 at the Holocaust Memorial Center. Former U.S. Congressman Barney Frank (D-Mass.) will give the keynote address at the opening reception at 4:30 p.m. Frank is considered the most prominent gay politician in the U.S., He served as a U.S. Congressman from Massachusetts from 1981 to 2013 and is known for his advocacy for LGBT rights.

Between 1933 and 1945, the Nazi German regime promoted racial health policies that sought to eliminate all sources of biological corruption to its dominant "Aryan" race. Among the groups persecuted as threats to the national health were Germany's homosexual men. Believing them to be carriers of a "degeneracy" that weakened society and hindered population growth, the Nazi state arrested and incarcerated in prisons and concentration camps tens of thousands of German men as a means of terrorizing them into social conformity.

Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933-1945 examines the Nazi regime's attempt to eradicate homosexuality, which left thousands dead and shattered the lives of many more.

The exhibit will be on display through May 2 at the Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus, 27123 Orchard Lake Rd., Farmington Hills. Tickets to the Jan. 5 opening reception are $18 for non-members, $10 for museum members and are available by calling 248-553-2400 ext. 24.

Gary Peters Event

Congressman Peters, who is running as a candidate for U.S. Senate, will have a reception at the home of Michael "Chet" Chetcuti and Kyle Evans at 827 E. Fourth St., Royal Oak. Congressman Barney Frank will be a guest at a reception honoring Congressman Gary Peters.

Those interested in attending can RSVP to Elisa Malile at 248-318-5421 or The reception runs from 2 - 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 5. Tickets for the event range from $250 to $2,600.

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