Brian Sims is an advocate, policy attorney & speaker, most notably on issues pertaining to LGBT civil rights.
In 2012 he became the first openly LGBT person ever elected to the Pennsylvania Legislature.
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The Advocate (4/12) - 2012 "Forty Under 40"
Brian Sims • 33
Candidate, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
"The state that spawned the political career of Rick Santorum may be seeking a little redemption on the national landscape. And Pennsylvania may find it in Democrat Brian Sims, who, in an April 24 primary, is attempting to unseat a Democratic incumbent in the state House. There’s no Republican challenger in the race, so the victor will likely take office. If that’s Sims, he’ll be the state’s first openly gay legislator..."
Compete Magazine (10/11) - Brian Sims Challenges for Pennsylvania State House
“For years, Brian Sims has been trying to create allies out of student populations at colleges across the U.S. As a former defensive linemans for the national championship Bloomsburg University Huskies, the now-attorney and equality activist uses his unique point of view - he remains the only NCAA football captain to come out to his team and coaches - and natural charm to inludence students, coaches and administratoes on issues related to gay in sports and homophobia."
Philadelphia Weekly (6/11) - Cover Story: A Man's Man
“It’s important to have people of all faces support the movement,” he continues. “If you’re a straight ally of gay rights, you have a much more powerful voice than I do. But look, man, I’m working to bring equality for everyone. There’s not a surplus of loving, caring relationships in the world, so why would someone be opposed to mine?”
The Huffington Post (4/12) - Brian Sims Set To Become First Openly Gay Pennsylvania State Lawmaker
“Pennsylvania is set to get its first openly gay state lawmaker after a Democratic state House primary left Brian Sims with an open path to election in November. Sims, a Philadelphia-area lawyer, is expected to be announced the victor over longtime state Rep. Babette Josephs once incomplete voting tallies from a number of polling places are resolved."