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Philly attorney becomes Pennsylvania’s first openly gay state legislator

Friday, November 9, 2012

Philadelphia policy attorney and civil rights advocate Brian Sims was elected Tuesday to represent Pennsylvania’s 182nd District, and becomes the state’s first openly gay state legislator.

Brian Sims

Sims had run unopposed and didn’t face a Republican opponent in Tuesday’s elections, however, there had been a chance that an Independent could have stepped up and announced a bid for the seat.

He defeated longtime incumbent Rep. Babette Josephs in the primary election in April. Josephs was also an LGBT ally.

“I’m honored by the support, humbled by all the hard work, and ready to take the Capitol by storm… a Progressive Storm!,” wrote to his supporters on Facebook Tuesday evening.

I’m hopeful that when the dust settles, not only will I be joined by other out, LGBT state legislators in Pennsylvania, but hopefully dozens more in legislatures across the country, and our first ever out Senator!” he added.

In 2000, Sims was the co-captain of the Bloomsburg (Pa.) University football team, and was recognized as a scholar athlete. Following the longest season in the Division II schools history, Sims came out as gay. In doing so, the regional All-American and team captain became the only openly gay college football captain in NCAA history.

Sims has previously served as the President of Equality Pennsylvania, and as the Chairman of the Gay and Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia. In 2010, he was selected as one of the Top 40 LGBT Attorneys Under 40 in the U.S. by the National LGBT Bar Association.

Three other candidates from the LGBT community were also seeking seats in the state’s General Assembly: Jeff Dahlander (Dist. 111), Chris Dietz (Dist. 104) and Kelly Jean McEntee (Dist. 105). All three were were unsuccessful.

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25 more reader comments:

  1. Awesome

    Posted on Friday, November 9, 2012 at 5:04pm
  2. Congratulations Brian!

    Posted on Friday, November 9, 2012 at 5:04pm
  3. that is such a good thing more people need to come out

    Posted on Friday, November 9, 2012 at 5:06pm
  4. that is such a good thing more people need to come out

    Posted on Friday, November 9, 2012 at 5:06pm
  5. We have our own right here in New Mexico who was just elected to the statehouse!! Our own Jacob Candelaria!!

    Posted on Friday, November 9, 2012 at 5:06pm
  6. Congratulations Mr. Sims! – a fellow Pennsylvanian.

    Posted on Friday, November 9, 2012 at 5:10pm
  7. Gosh dang is he good looking!!!!! Killer dimples!!! Killer smile!!! Oh, and congrats to you Brian Sims! Are you single? ;)

    Posted on Friday, November 9, 2012 at 5:10pm
  8. damn he’s hot!!

    Posted on Friday, November 9, 2012 at 5:12pm
  9. BRAVO, SO NICE TO LIVE THERE,,,LUCKY YOU

    Posted on Friday, November 9, 2012 at 5:12pm
  10. I’m sure he could also win “Sexiest politician alive”…

    Posted on Friday, November 9, 2012 at 5:13pm
  11. Well, HELLO Rep. Sims! Wow

    Posted on Friday, November 9, 2012 at 5:16pm
  12. Hell yes!!!

    Posted on Friday, November 9, 2012 at 5:25pm
  13. Adorable…remind me why I left PA!!!???!!!

    Posted on Friday, November 9, 2012 at 5:29pm
  14. Proud Pennsylvanian here! Great news.

    Posted on Friday, November 9, 2012 at 5:29pm
  15. Congrats!!!! Gays and lesbians have made great news in elections for this year along with President Obama’s approval as well

    Posted on Friday, November 9, 2012 at 5:44pm
  16. nice!

    Posted on Friday, November 9, 2012 at 5:54pm
  17. Congrats, brave move for all of us looking for examples and for the up-coming generation…for THIS to be their normal. They won’t even know the word closet…except to put their clothes in.

    Posted on Friday, November 9, 2012 at 6:02pm
  18. Yes and to boot, he is so damn handsome too!

    Posted on Friday, November 9, 2012 at 6:28pm
  19. congrats to him and and the the openly gay woman who is in us senate or congress

    Posted on Friday, November 9, 2012 at 6:49pm
  20. And New Mexico also elected it’s first openly gay state senator.

    Posted on Friday, November 9, 2012 at 7:17pm
  21. HIP, HIP, HOORAY for Brian Sims!

    Posted on Friday, November 9, 2012 at 10:28pm
  22. I’m so proud to be a Philadelphian!!!

    Posted on Friday, November 9, 2012 at 11:16pm
  23. <3 it!

    Posted on Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 12:43am
  24. And he’s cute as hell too!

    Posted on Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 1:32pm
  25. yeah!!!

    Posted on Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 2:48pm