Happy Birthday, Brian Sims!

Brian Sims with his boyfriend, Brandon McMullin. Photo by Tara Beth Photography.

Brian Sims with his boyfriend, Brandon McMullin. Photo by Tara Beth Photography.

It is no surprise that we here at G Philly love Brian Sims, as does most of the internet. We’ve covered quite a bit about the openly-gay Pennsylvania State Representative through the years, and given that today is his birthday, we thought it would be swell to round up some of the best pieces we’ve written about Mr. Sims and his influence on Philadelphia and beyond.

Of course, we also wish Brian a very happy birthday! Thanks for all of your hard work for both the State and LGBT folks everywhere.

Jim Kenney, Brian Sims to Perform in Fringe Fest Zombie Play


Mayoral nominee Jim Kenney and State Representative Brian Sims will take a short break from politicking to venture into the world of acting next month when they make guest-star turns at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival.

The politicians have agreed to appear in Tribe of FoolsZombies … With Gunswhich writer and star Terry Brennan tells me offers a variety of takes on America’s gun culture. Here’s how TOF describes the show:

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State Lawmakers Reintroduce PA LGBT Nondiscrimination Bill

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Brian Sims and other key lawmakers in the State welcomed the reintroduction of bipartisan Pennsylvania LGBT non-discrimination bills in the state House of Representatives.

Sims, who is co-sponsoring the bills, stated, “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 see in the bipartisan support for this bill, this is not a matter of left and right, but a matter of right and wrong.” Read more »

PHOTOS: Gayborhood Saxbys Coffee Opens With a Little Help From Brian Sims

The new Saxbys Coffee shop at 11th and Locust opened this morning, thanks to some help from not only State Rep. Brian Sims, but also the local neighborhood.

Saxbys Chief Executive Officer and Founder Nick Bayer was on hand to share that the coffee chain is all about community: As he addressed the large crowd that converged to celebrate the shop’s grand opening, he shared that Saxbys had been wanting to enter the Washington West/Gayborhood community for some time now, and that this new store was a perfect opportunity. Brian Sims joined the celebration by providing a few words and drinking some inaugural espresso shots.

The new store is pretty sweet: There’s a whole variety of speciality espresso drinks, a full breakfast and lunch menu, plus pastries, free wi-fi, and lots of spaces to get work done. My favorite element is a long white marble counter that runs along the windows, perfect for people watching. Take a look at some of our shots below, and make sure you stop by to grab a little refreshment.

PHOTOS: Brian Sims Throws a Happy Hour at Tavern on Camac

Last evening, State Representative Brian Sims hosted a group of his supporters at Tavern on Camac for a “Summer Cocktails with Brian Sims” happy hour to benefit his political campaign. There were plenty of familiar faces on hand, including the fabulous Dena Underwood, Chris Bartlett, Senator Larry Farnese, Jr., Paul Steinke, Jim Kenney, and more. We were there to capture the crowd at this Gayborhood hotspot.

Brian Sims on Caitlyn Jenner, and How She Can Help the Republican Party

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Caitlyn Jenner broke the Internet yesterday and, like a busted piñata, it spilled forth pages and tweets and status updates worth of opinions and remarks about this most famous of all gender transformations. We’ve heard it all (Philly Mag columnist Monica Weymouth details some of it here), but local State Representative Brian Sims chimed in today on a topic that we haven’t heard much about since yesterday’s news broke: the fact that the world’s most recognized transgender woman is … a Republican! He shared his take on Facebook in a status update:

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WATCH: Jim Kenney Sings “Pennies From Heaven” at Tavern on Camac

Democratic mayoral candidate Jim Kenney joined the Liberty City LGBT Democrats (LCLD) last night on a bar crawl through the Gayborhood. During the third stop, at piano bar Tavern on Camac, he stepped up to the stage to sing “Pennies From Heaven” with the pianist.

The song was first recorded by Bing Crosby in 1936, and later covered by everyone from Billie Holiday and Dinah Washington to Frank Sinatra. How do you think Kenney did? I’m told it took some convincing to get him up there, but he really picks it up during the chorus—encouraged, no doubt, by the crowd shouting things like, “You better work!”

Check out the video above, sent by LCLD’s Stephanie Haynes. And below, photos of other LCLD-endorsed candidates who joined the crawl, like openly gay City Council hopefuls Paul Steinke and Sherrie Cohen.

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