Sims quoted in PA House of Representatives press release on record number of state legislators sponsoring bills to protect LGBTQ+ people from discrimination

Sims quoted in PA House of Representatives press release on record number of state legislators sponsoring bills to protect LGBTQ+ people from discrimination
Sponsorship for Pa. non-discrimination bills hits new record; Poll shows high support continues; Major private-sector supporter signs on
May 7, 2013

Brian K. Sims, special counsel in the firm’s Higher Education Practice and the first openly gay man elected to the Pennsylvania legislature, was quoted in a May 7, 2013 press release issued by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives on the record number of state legislators sponsoring bills that would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity or expression statewide in employment, housing, credit and public accommodations.

House Bill 300 and Senate Bill 300 have a combined 102 sponsors, 77 in the House and 25 in the Senate, including seven House Republicans and two Senate Republicans, legislators announced at a Capitol news conference.

Rep. Brian Sims, D-Phila., said: "As a gay man, I know firsthand how important these protections are and how fundamental they are to the safety and security that so many Pennsylvanians take for granted. Moreover, as a legislator, I see every day how the commonwealth is failing in its promise to treat all people with dignity, respect and with equality under the law.”

"This is more than just an exciting day for me personally, and as a legislator who represents the city in Pennsylvania that has its LGBTQ+ protections the longest, I can say comfortably that this is one of the most historic days for Pennsylvania LGBTQ+ civil rights. Today, we stand united with more legislators, and with more bipartisan support within the House and Senate, than at any time in Pennsylvania history."