The 15th annual A Celebration of Friends returns to Orlando this weekend with former U.S. Congressman Barney Frank scheduled to make a special guest appearance.

“We are very honored to have him,” said A Celebration of Friends Founder and President Tom Pence. “I look at all the rights we have now as gay men and I must say we owe a lot to Barney Frank.”

Frank served 23 years in Congress, representing Massachusetts. He was an unyielding advocate for gay rights and is known on Capitol Hill for his quick wit and vast knowledge of parliamentary procedure.

“He doesn’t tolerate fools lightly,” warned Pence.

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Now 76, Frank is slated to participate in a question and answer session on Saturday night at the DoubleTree by Hilton SeaWorld, 10100 International Drive. This is the second year in a row ACOF weekend has featured a high profile public figure. Screen acting legend Ed Asner headlined last year’s celebration.

Pence said he expects anywhere between 300 to 600 men to attend this year with several activities planned such as a “speedo” swim suit contest, a performance by the Orlando Gay Men’s Chorus and a “Village People” themed costume contest to kick off the celebration on Thursday evening.

According to its website, A Celebration of Friends serves to provide warm, comfortable, safe and engaging gatherings recognizing and promoting self-worth, dignity, kindness and friendships of and within our senior population.

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