You can sign the “Change PA Hate Crime Law to include Sexual Orientation” petition all you want, but the real change is going to have to come from within the Pennsylvania state legislature. The good news is that there’s already a bill that’s been introduced to do it. The bad news is that it’s probably not going to happen anytime soon. Read more »
Did you know it’s Taney Dragons week? That’s right: Because the Taney Dragons run to the Little League World Series happened while legislators were on vacation, only now — when they’ve returned to work in September — are we getting resolutions honoring Philadelphia’s favorite little kid athletes.
State Rep. Brian Sims received unanimous approval for a resolution declaring the week of September 14th to September 20th Taney Dragons Week in the state of Pennsylvania. Do other cities’ baseball teams have to bow in recognition of Taney’s superiority? Let’s hope so.
If you thought you saw Brian Sims rappelling down the Commerce Square building in Center City this afternoon your eyes weren’t deceiving you. The state representative scurried down from the fourth story of the skyscraper to practice for an upcoming charity rappel down Brandywine Realty Trust’s One Logan Square on Friday, October 24th. He, along with a team of local LGBTers lead by Angela Giampolo, are taking on the task to raise money for The Philadelphia Outward Bound School.
Check out photos of Sims’ rappel above, and a video below. To learn more about the event and to donate, go here.
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.
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.
Did that headline surprise you? It did me, too, when I read it this morning — except the one I read didn’t have quotes around it.
This week, at a press conference in Harrisburg, Philly State Rep. Brian Sims showed a side of himself that we don’t get to see very often: Damn pissed!
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?
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: