Tag Archives: Brian Sims

PENNSYLVANIA: Nutjob GOP State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe Calls Gay Rep. Brian Sims A “Lying Homosexual”

The Associated Press reports: A Republican state lawmaker in Pennsylvania is calling a colleague a “lying homosexual” in a Facebook post attacking liberal legislators. Rep. Daryl Metcalfe also is defending his comments, which he made Friday. He tells The Associated Press that he mentioned the sexual orientation of Democratic Rep. Brian Sims of Philadelphia because Sims has spoken openly about …

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Brian Sims Serves Lesson To Abusive Facebook Troll, Has Phone Call With His “Disappointed” Grandmother

Pennsylvania state Rep. Brian Sims has served some rather delicious revenge on a Facebook troll. Slowly Boiled Frog reports: Earlier in the week, some nitwit (first name David) wrote “Nigger Faggot” on Sims’ Facebook page. Sims responded: “David, I can’t tell if you’re just a really dumb little boy or an angry bigot but I know for sure that you …

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PENNSYLVANIA: Rep. Brian Sims Joins Philly Mayor And APA To Reintroduce Ex-Gay Torture Ban [VIDEO]

Via email from openly gay Pennsylvania state Rep. Brian Sims: This afternoon I announced with Mayor Kenney and the American Psychiatric Association (APA), legislation banning the practice of conversion therapy on minors, aimed at changing their sexual orientation. In my experience, there is oftentimes a deeply rooted connection to religious fundamentalism that underscores the thought processes of many advocates of …

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PHILADELPHIA: Brian Sims Calls For Boycott After Owner Of Famed Local Brewery Yuengling Backs Trump

The Philadelphia Voice reports: The owner of America’s oldest brewery has come out in support of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, and the company’s faithful drinkers aren’t too happy about it. Eric Trump, the nominee’s son, stopped at D. G. Yuengling & Son’s in Pottsville on Monday while campaigning on behalf of his father. His message to the company? Hard-working …

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Brian Sims At The Party For LGBT Delegates [VIDEO]

Yesterday afternoon I collared Pennsylvania state Rep. Brian Sims for a brief live-stream at the DNC welcoming party for LGBT delegates. Watch below. Also below is a bit from my live-stream with Sims and New York state Sen. Brad Hoylman. For more live-streams and photos during the convention, please “like” the JMG Facebook page.

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PENNSYLVANIA: State Rep. Brian Sims Delivers Rousing Speech For LGBT Protections Bill [VIDEO]

WATCH this. From Pennsylvania House Democrats: Pa. state Rep. Brian Sims stands with Gov. Tom Wolf and other advocates to call on the legislature to pass equal protections for LGBT citizens. In Pennsylvania, members of the LGBT community can still be denied employment, housing, and other basic rights afforded to others in the general population. Sims is co-sponsoring the Pennsylvania …

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PENNSYLVANIA: State Rep. Brian Sims Wins Reelection

Pennsylvania state Rep. Brian Sims won his district’s Democratic primary last night, beating his closest challenger by just over 700 votes. As no Republican filed for the seat, Sims will return as his state’s only openly gay legislator. Sims ended his bid for the US House back in February.

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Brian Sims Ends Bid For US House

From Brian Sims’ Facebook page: I wanted to personally let you know that today I have decided to end my campaign for U.S. Congress. When I started this campaign it was because I felt Philadelphians deserved an advocate in Congress – someone who would focus on equality for all Americans, creating more and better jobs, and ending the culture of …

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Brian Sims: I’m Running For Congress [VIDEO]

Today comes the formal announcement of what many of you have surely known for several days. Pennsylvania Rep. Brian Sims, his state’s first out legislator, is running for Congress. Via press release: On Tuesday, Pennsylvania State Rep. Brian Sims announced his candidacy for Pennsylvania’s 2nd Congressional District. Sims, an attorney and civil rights advocate in Center City Philadelphia, has spent …

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PENNSYLVANIA: Sweeping LGBT Rights Bill Introduced

Pennsylvania Democrats are taking another run at a comprehensive LGBT rights bill.  Via press release from state Rep. Brian Sims: “While Pennsylvanians have enjoyed the right to marriage equality for over a year now, we are long past due for equality in our discrimination laws. This is no longer a progressive issue, but an issue of basic fairness. As we …

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Quote Of The Day – Brian Sims

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NEW YORK CITY: At The Out 100 Party

Pennsylvania state Rep. Brian Sims and boyfriend Brandon McMullin were among the gay glitterati in attendance at last night’s Out 100 party at Stage 48 in Hell’s Kitchen. Also seen above are Out 100 honorees Freedom To Marry head Evan Wolfson with his husband Cheng He, journalist Chris Geidner, Liz Margolies, founder of the National LGBT Cancer Network, and her …

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PENNSYLVANIA: House Democrats Hold Hearing On Reinstating Hate Crimes Law

Via CBS Philadelphia: In the wake of the September 11th gay bashing incident in Center City, the House Democratic Policy Committee held a public hearing on LGBT hate crimes Thursday. “We have an uphill battle in this legislative climate to pass LGBT hate crimes laws,” said State representative Brian Sims. Sims called the hearing, which was held at the Kimmel …

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Tweet Of The Day – Rep. Brian Sims

Over 300 people ignored rain to rally against #LGBT hate crimes – Thank you! A summary: http://t.co/FfXzDDb3pN pic.twitter.com/aXMzs9ap9E— Rep. Brian Sims (@RepSims) September 25, 2014 RELATED: This morning Sims appeared on public radio. Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams has pressed charges against two men and one woman in connection with the Sept. 11 assault on a gay couple in Center …

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PENNSYLVANIA: Rep. Brian Sims Rages For Passage Of Hate Crimes Bill

Pennsylvania state Rep. Brian Sims has apparently been convinced about the possibility of passing a hate crimes bill during the current legislative session. Watch as he denounces foot-dragging during today’s rally at the capitol building in Harrisburg.

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PHILADELPHIA: Multiple Arrests Expected In Brutal Mob Gay-Bashing Case

Via Jen Coletta at Philadelphia Gay News: A police source said this week that they were nearly “ready to go” in terms of making arrests and said charges are expected “this week.” A key witness, the source said, was due in for an interview Monday, “the girl who was right in the middle of it all.” After that, the source …

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PHILADELPHIA: Activists To Rally For Passage Of Hate Crimes Bill

Via Philadelphia Daily News: More than a week later, the story of two gay men savagely beaten in Center City continues to spread. Yesterday, as police sources said detectives were nearing the end of their investigation, word reached Harrisburg, where state legislators are calling their colleagues to action. “The gay guy in me and the Philly guy in me are …

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Quote Of The Day – PA Rep. Brian Sims

“One of the things I’ve learned is that sometimes it takes a horribly negative experience to get people out of their seats, for them to be active and engaged. It’s not necessarily because they’re opposed but because they aren’t aware of the need. So we are going to be sure to utilize this horrible event to make sure that they …

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PHILADELPHIA: Rep. Brian Sims Joins Mayor In Courting DNC Convention Team

Pennsylvania state Rep. Brian Sims joined Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter today in glad-handing the DNC’s 2016 convention team, which was in Brooklyn earlier this week. Sims represents Philly’s Center City, which is home to many of the hotels that would likely host attendees.  Philadelphia and Columbus are considered the leading contenders to win the convention. Columbus has access to about …

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