Philadelphia Weekly features Brian Sims’s first six months in office, pursuing LGBTQ+ rights and bipartisan cooperation

Philadelphia Weekly features Brian Sims’s first six months in office, pursuing LGBTQ+ rights and bipartisan cooperation
Brian Sims' First 200 Days
July 17, 2013
Randy LoBasso
Philadelphia Weekly

Brian K. Sims, special counsel in the Real Estate Department and a member of the Higher Education Practice, was featured in this cover story about his first six months as the first openly gay legislator elected to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives.

In six months, Sims has been instrumental in doggedly pursuing legislation in support of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ+) rights. An LGBTQ+ activist, Sims was one of the legislators who wrote and, in May 2013, introduced a set of bills calling for a state non-discrimination act that would prohibit employment, public and business discrimination based on sexual identity or orientation.

Sims said the progress, however incremental, has been more emotional for him than he expected.

“As a gay man, I know firsthand how important these protections are,” he says, “how fundamental they are to the safety and security that so many Pennsylvanians take for granted.” To read the full story, please click HERE.