Brian Sims Endorses Paul Steinke for City Council

Paul Steinke and Brian Sims

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

Headshot by Sarah Rabot

Headshot by Sarah Rabot

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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George Takei Retweets Brian Sims Photo that Leads to Astroglide Advertorial

A few hours ago Star Trek legend and super out advocate George Takei tweeted something that looked awfully familiar:

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Yep, that’s our very own State Representative Brian Sims. But that’s not where the funny stops. The link actually goes to a Queerty Astroglide advertorial that features “Ten Most Eligible Bachelors Who Will Inspire You To Stick To Those New Year’s Resolutions.”

Awkwardly, the first paragraph is about lube and self-pleasure:

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Man Crush Monday: Pretty Girl

Every week, Philly gay gents share their local picks for Man Crush Monday. Today, one of Philly’s most unique, head-scratching drag queens: Pretty Girl, who brings an unusual amount of puss to a list dedicated to local man crushes.

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Brian Sims Heading to Africa to Climb Mount Kilimanjaro

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Sims posted this photo of himself and his climb-ready mohawk on Facebook.

On December 26th, State Representative Brian Sims will hop a plane to Africa, where he’ll climb Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds for the Military Assistance Project (MAP), an initiative that provides legal and housing services to Philadelphia veterans.

During a phone chat last week, Sims told me he signed up for the adventure because it hit close to home. “My parents are both retired army lieutenant colonels. For years, during my time with the Bar Association, and even with Equality Pennsylvania, if there was a veterans component, or an opportunity to work with veterans I tended to take it,” he says. So when MAP approached him about this project last spring, it was a no-brainer.

As you can imagine, climbing a mountain requires a certain amount of training, training to acclimate to the gradual drop in temperature as you ascend, and, more importantly for Sims, an asthma sufferer, adjusting to the change in elevation. “You don’t want to rush it. Mount Kilimanjaro is 19,000 feet high. If you rush, that’s when you get in trouble with oxygen deprivation and altitude sickness. The route we’re going on is tough, but it’s also the longest, so we’ll have plenty of time to get acclimated.”

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