Brian Sims Makes The Advocate’s ’40 Under 40’

Brian Sims

Brian Sims

As if winning Tuesday’s primary in Pennsylvania’s 182nd District wasn’t enough, Brian Sims, who will become Pennsylvania’s first openly-gay Pennsylvania General Assembly member, has made The Advocate’s ’40 Under 40’ list.

“The son of two retired Army lieutenant colonels, Sims is widely credited with turning around Equality Pennsylvania, a once-floundering LGBT group that has since pushed successfully for municipal LGBT protections around the state,” they write of the Philadelphia LGBT activist.

The U.S.-based national gay and lesbian news magazine’s annual list marks the young LGBT leaders throughout North America and their accomplishments. This year’s list includes “leaders in media, politics, sports and science” who “are facilitating our future.”

The Advocate also includes Harrisburg Treasurer John Campbell, the 24-year-old Lebanon Valley College student who is “working with a state receiver to right Harrisburg’s books.” Harrisburg is $300 million in debt and at risk of being taken over by the state.

In their decoration of Sims, The Advocate notes that not too long ago, our state housed the now former Presidential candidate Rick Santorum, infamous for his anti-gay rhetoric.

“The state that spawned the political career of Rick Santorum may be seeking a little redemption on the national landscape. And Pennsylvania may find it in Democrat Brian Sims, who, in an April 24 primary, is attempting to unseat a Democratic incumbent in the state House. There’s no Republican challenger in the race, so the victor will likely take office. If that’s Sims, he’ll be the state’s first openly gay legislator,” the description reads.

The list was published April 24, the day Sims won the primary.

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