Brian will be the first out LGBTQ+ leader elected to statewide office in Pennsylvania!
Brian Sims, a distinguished policy attorney & civil rights advocate who has represented Philadelphia in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for nearly a decade, is one of the most visible Out elected officials in the United States. A staunch advocate for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, & Queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights, Sims became the first openly gay member of the Pennsylvania General Assembly in 2012.
Prior to his election to public office, Sims served as staff counsel for policy and planning at the Philadelphia Bar Association and also served as both the president of the board of directors of Equality Pennsylvania and as chairman of Gay and Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia (GALLOP). A former member of the national campaign board of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund and currently Board Member of the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, Sims continues to lecture nationally about the policy and legal challenges facing diverse and marginalized communities.
He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Bloomsbury University and a Juris Doctor degree in International & Comparative Law from Michigan State University College of Law. He has also been a Fellow at the Center for Progressive Leadership as well as Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and the Stanford Graduate School of Business.