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.



House Resolution Seeks to Honor Homophobic Pro-Life Advocate John Patrick Stanton [UPDATED]

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The late John Patrick Stanton was called “the father of Philadelphia’s pro-life movement” by LifeSiteNews.com and the “pro-life movement’s leading light” by Catholic Philly. He lead radical anti-abortion protests outside the Planned Parenthood location at 12th and Locust for years. His protests were often so disruptive that he was arrested. Now, the PA House is attempting to pass a resolution to honor Mr. Stanton as a “humanitarian, activist and founder of the pro life movement in this Commonwealth,” despite information distributed to members of a House committee alleging that he was violent and homophobic toward to patients, community members, and Representative Brian Sims. Read more »

Brian Sims Endorses Paul Steinke for City Council

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A contingent of Philadelphia LGBT advocates and business leaders attended a press conference this afternoon to announce their official endorsement for openly gay City Council At-Large candidate Paul Steinke.

Among the most notable endorsers was State Representative Brian Sims, who told the crowd that Steinke “has devoted his entire career to making Philadelphia a better city in which to live, work, play and visit. His proven leadership has produced real results, whether it’s from his time at University City District, Center City District, or the Reading Terminal Market. Philadelphians need results-focused leaders like Paul to address the enormous challenges they face.”

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Mayoral Candidate Jim Kenney is Speaking at Woody’s Tonight

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Mayoral candidate Jim Kenney is stopping by Woody’s this evening for a fundraiser and to chat about his vision for the future of Philly.

A rep from Kenney’s office says that his stop in the Gayborhood is part of his pledge to travel to every neighborhood and community in Philadelphia throughout the course of his campaign. The candidate is also a longtime supporter or LGBT rights in Philly, helping pass 2013’s LGBT Equality Bill and last fall’s LGBT-specific hate-crime bill during his time as city councilman.

Tonight’s event starts at 6 pm. With temperatures expected to be in the high 50s—and given Kenney’s outgoing, off-the-cuff personality—I’m guessing Woody’s will open its front windows to throw a big ol’ festive affair. Tickets are pricey, though, at $100 a pop.

If you’re looking to meet Kenney in a more laidback (read: cheaper) atmosphere, he will be at William Way this Friday at 10:30 am to speak at a free event with Brian Sims and other LGBT leaders.

Anna Aagenes Leaving Brian Sims’s Office to Work For You Can Play

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After a little over two years as State Representative Brian Sims’s deputy chief of staff, Anna Aagenes is moving on to a new gig that will find her working for LGBT people in sports. 

Starting March 23rd, the Penn grad will step into the role of vice president of operations for You Can Play Project, a nonprofit that works to promote LGBTQ inclusivity in sporting leagues across the nation. There, among other things, she tells me her duties will run the gamut from general management of programs and developing partnerships with leagues and media to spearheading athletic conferences. One of her most important missions, however, is partnering with organizations to secure more female athlete involvement and helping to expand initiatives to make sure female leagues and female athletes get the spotlight they deserve.

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Rent State Rep. Brian Sims’ Former Apartment in Wash West

Anyone who follows State Representative Brian Sims on Facebook is sure to have gotten occasional peeks into his Washington Square West abode, a second-floor apartment that’s now in store for a new tenant as Sims recently decided to leave in favor of “a place with no stairs for my dog.” (Awwww!)

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