|Frank modeling one of his designs|
Boston MA Oct. 30, 2010. Congressman Barney Frank D-MA, has introduced a bill in the House of Representatives to permit gays in the millinery industry.
While there is no formal ban on allowing gay people to work in the hat making industry, Congressman Franks says this bill will be needed to encourage more gay people to enter this profession.
"I noticed that very few hat designers were gay" Congressman Frank told us. "And this seemed pretty queer to me, since almost 100% of all fashion designers are gay people, so I thought we needed new legislation to remedy this situation."
Frank's bill, H.R. 1411 would provide grant money from the Federal Stimulus Fund for any gay person who wanted to start a hat making business. "These will be interest free loans that will be forgiven once the business hires at least three other gay people." Frank told us. "This will accomplish two main goals. It will create new jobs while also getting more gay people into this vital industry."
|Hats were always a big part of gay culture|
A federal subsidy of $900 per hat should guarantee that these new businesses will be successful. The bill caps total stimulus funds for the project at $1.2 Billion, which Frank calls "a small price to pay."
"It's really shocking when you see how many hats are imported," Frank went on to say. "This is one industry we need to bring back to America."
Congressman Frank's bill has the full backing of President Obama and House Speaker Pelosi and is expected to become law without any debate on the floor of the House. "We will introduce the bill at 9 AM on Sunday, when most Republican law makers are busy at church," Pelosi told the Spin Cycle.