Brian Sims Heading to Africa to Climb Mount Kilimanjaro

Brian Sims Mohawk

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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Sorry Fellas, Brian Sims Is Officially Off the Market

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Photo by HughE Dillon

Philly Mag and G Philly contributing photographer HughE Dillon broke some sad news on his Facebook page this weekend: Brian Sims is officially off the market.

He caught up with them when they were on their way to an Eagles viewing party over the weekend. What we know is that the lucky fella’s name is Brandon McMullin. According to his Facebook page he studied at DeSales University, and he will now be the proud owner of lots of jealous, gay side-eye in the Gayborhood. I reached out to Sims to get more info, but he had nothing to offer on the record (except some obvious glee).

Congrats to the lucky—and very handsome—pair.

Man Crush Monday: Russell Oden

Every week, Philly gay gents share their local picks for Man Crush Monday. Today, we feature Russell Oden, a self-proclaimed Philadelphia lover and QVC stylist.



Last Five Man Crush Mondays:

#TBT: Photo Of a Young Brian Sims In Football Gear Hits the Web

Brian Sims just  may break the gay Internet today with this #ThrowbackThursday post:

PHOTOS: “It Gets Better” Finale Concert at the Kimmel Center

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The huge community choir performs the closing number of the “It Gets Better” concert at the Kimmel Center.

It was quite a Saturday evening to remember as the Kimmel Center wrapped up its weeklong “It Gets Better Project” residency with a concert featuring nothing less than a 150-piece choir comprised of various Philadelphia area singers and members of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles. Concert goers were surrounded by some of Philly’s most renowned LGBTQ supporters, including State Representative Brian Sims and Kimmel Center CEO and President Anne Ewers. The musical event featured cover songs from the likes of Kelly Clarkson, Cher, Elton John, and Gnarls Barkley, amongst many others. We were there to capture the night’s festivities.



LGBT Philadelphia Remembers Gloria Casarez

The untimely death of Gloria Casarez, Philadelphia’s first director of the Mayor’s Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Affairs, has sent shockwaves through the city as her friends, family, and colleagues mourn her passing. At only 42, Ms. Casarez left a legacy that will continue to impact the community for years to come. We reached out to Philadelphians who were impacted by Gloria’s unwavering dedication to the city and the LGBTQ community to share their thoughts, memories, and pictures of the local legend.



13 #GayPhilly Instagrams You Should See This Week: Who Went Purple for #SpiritDay

Yesterday, GLAAD hosted a nationwide campaign called #SpiritDay, where it asked people to “go purple” as way to stand up against bullying and to show support for LGBT youth. Millions took part, including a nice spattering of folks right here in Philly. Locally, we had everyone from politicians to community leaders to entire kickball teams donning purple for the cause. I round up some of the ones who crossed my radar below:



Testimony Heard for Hate-Crime Legislation

The Pennsylvania House Democratic Policy Committee held a hearing on hate-crime legislation Thursday at the Kimmel Center. The recent attack on a gay couple in Center City has renewed calls for the state to provide hate crime protection to gays and lesbians.
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