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Congratulations to Brian Sims
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 04/25/12
Last updated on: 04/25/12
 
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Brian Sims.

Congratulations to Brian Sims, who on April 24, 2012 won an election that will make him the first openly gay member of the Pennsylvania legislature. In a hotly contested Philadelphia election, Sims defeated incumbent Representative Babette Josephs, who was first elected to the seat in 1985. In the overwhelmingly Democratic district, Sims's primary victory is tantamount to election.

Sims, an attorney and civil rights advocate from Center City Philadelphia, has served as Staff Counsel for Policy and Planning at the Philadelphia Bar Association and recently stepped down as President of the Board of Directors of Equality Pennsylvania.

Chuck Wolfe, president of the Victory Fund, which endorsed Sims, hailed his victory. "LGBT Pennsylvanians will finally have a voice in their state legislature, and what a strong and unyielding voice it will be. We are thrilled for Brian, who ran a remarkable campaign."

At his victory celebration at Woody's bar in Center City, Sims said, "We were the second largest state to never elect an openly gay legislator. I'm excited to get to work."

Sims first gained national attention in 2000, when he came out to his Bloomsburg University football team after helping lead them to the Division II National Championship game as their captain. He remains the only former NCAA football captain to have ever come out, and is one of the most notable collegiate athletes to do so in any sport.

In 2009, Cyd Zeigler, Jr. profiled Sims at Outsports.

In this video from 2010, Sims tells the story of coming out as a football player.

 
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