Brian Sims Douses Himself in Cold Water for Charity

Earlier this summer my Facebook feed was drenched with videos from folks in my hometown, Lancaster, Kentucky, taking part in a “cold water challenge.” The concept is that you pour ice cold water on yourself for charity, and challenge others to do the same. If they don’t accept, they have to fork over big money for the initiator’s charity of choice.

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Brian Sims Throwing “Beer and Bears” Party in P-Town

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Philly State Representative Brian Sims is exploring new territory next week—his very first Bear Week in P-Town. To celebrate—and to raise funds for his 2014 re-election campaign—he’s throwing a “Beer and Bears” mixer at Sage Inn and Lounge on Tuesday, July 15th, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. There will also be a VIP reception from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets are $50 and can be found here.

A nice option if you find yourself in P-Town next week and hankering for a familiar face.

Brian Sims Featured in French Magazine Têtu

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Philly State Rep. Brian Sims is getting a little international attention this week in a nice spread in Têtu, a gay magazine out of France. In the piece the representative talks about his belief that we will have a gay president in 10 years, how he feels about being labeled, and why he thinks Barack Obama is one of the “top 10 pro-LGBT activists in America.” The thing that caught my eye, though, is his opening up about his future as a politician. Could we be seeing a run for Senate soon?

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PA Equality Advocates Respond to Today’s Marriage Decision

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My inbox became inundated this afternoon, only moments after U.S. District Judge John Jones III made his decision to strike down Pennsylvania’s ban on same-sex marriage. I was hearing from marriage equality advocates from across the state — giants who have been fighting and stomping for this right in courtrooms and boardrooms and at rallies for years. Here’s an updating round up of what some of them have to say:

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PHOTOS: Mazzoni Center’s 2014 Elixir Gala

On Saturday, members and supporters of the Mazzoni Center took over the Wells Fargo Bank and Museum for its fourth-annual Elixir Gala. The sold-out party, with the theme “Out Is the New In,” included a well-stocked open bar, delicious food, and a silent auction with prizes ranging from laser hair removal to GayBINGO tickets to a seven-night luxury trip to the Caribbean. When the mingling portion of the evening subsided, Master of Ceremonies Jim Donovan took the stage to announce this year’s 2014 Elixir Honorees. (But first a few photos from the evening, from Freedom G Photography’s Tara Lessard.)



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Brian Sims Almost Makes Out
Power 50 List

BRIAN_SIMSX350Yesterday Out magazine unveiled its 2014 picks for its annual Power 50 list, a roll call of the LGBT community’s most influential movers and shakers. It included everyone from Ellen Degeneres and Robin Roberts to Apple CEO Tim Cook and Neil Patrick Harris.

Following the big reveal, Out announced the eight folks who almost made the cut, and it includes Philly State Rep. Brian Sims, who’s touted as a “rising star champion of equality legislation for LGBTs and women.” While this may seem like a glorified “honorable mention,” he shares the distinction with a handful of pretty impressive folks, like Janet Mock, it girl Laverne Cox, and MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts.

Congrats to Sims. Check out the full list here.

6 Gay Things to Do in Philly This Week: OurNightOut, Quince’s Latest, Young Friends for Brian Sims and More

Our picks for the week’s best gay to-dos, including a happy hour for Brian Sims, Quince Productions’ latest, and an evening of duets starring two of Philly’s tallest drag queens Martha Graham Cracker and Brittany Lynn. 



Looking for something else? Check out our sister blog Ticket’s roundup of local events through June. 

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