Brian Sims Wins Coveted LGBT Endorsements
The hotly contested 182nd District Pennsylvania House race (Parts of Center City, Fairmount, Gayborhood) between current Rep. Babette Josephs and challenger Brian Sims, just got a bit more heated. Yesterday, Sims, an LGBT activist and lawyer, received the endorsement of the Liberty City LGBT Democratic Club and Equality PA—both of whom have supported Josephs in the past.
Sims insists in a press release these endorsements are not based on his potential to be the state’s first openly-gay legislator, but because of what he’s done.
“To receive these endorsements,” Sims put out in a press release, “I had to demonstrate that I have a broad base of support across the district and have strong progressive stances on issues beyond LGBT issues. I won these endorsements not just for my work in the LGBT community, but for my steadfast support and commitment to a woman’s right to choose, health care reform, funding for domestic violence prevention and homeless shelters, and a fair and democratic election process.”
Josephs, an outspoken member of Philly’s delegation in the House, is a co-chair of the State Legislature LGBT Equality Caucus, whose work includes “the extension of equal rights, the repeal of discriminatory laws, the elimination of hate-motivated violence, and the improved health and well-being for all regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.”
The caucus was begun, in part, through the organizational tactics of Equality PA. Josephs has said her ultimate goal with the group is “to make same sex marriage as valid and respected as different sex unions.”
Josephs, who is endorsed by the National Organization of Women (whose endorsement includes, in part, LGBT issues), made headlines this week when she referred to women who’ve signed onto the GOP ultrasound bill as “men with breasts.” She has agreed to debate Sims on April 17. The primary is April 24.
Note: A former version of this blog said Josephs had not agreed to debate Sims. This blog has been corrected to note Josephs’ and Sims’ scheduled debate.