Brian Sims

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Brian K. Sims was the first college American football captain to come out as gay.[1] He is also the first openly gay person elected to the Pennsylvania General Assembly.[2]

Life[change | change source]

Sims's parents were both colonels in the U.S. Army. He has a twin brother, an older brother, and a younger sister. He went to high school in Chester County, Pennsylvania.[3]

Sims has a bachelor of science degree from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. He also has a juris doctor degree from the Michigan State University College of Law.[4]

At Bloomsburg, Sims was the captain of the 2000 National Championship Division II football team. He was a first-string defensive tackle. He became the only openly gay college football captain in NCAA history.[3]

Sims was elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 182nd District. Sims was the first openly gay person elected to the Pennsylvania General Assembly.[2]

In June 2013, the Defense of Marriage Act was ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. Sims was not allowed to make a speech supporting the decision in the Pennsylvania House.[5] House Speaker Daryl Metcalfe, a Republican, said that allowing him to speak would be a violation of God's law.[6]

References[change | change source]

  1. "CPL Pennsylvania: Brian Sims". Center for Progressive Leadership. Retrieved 10/9/2013.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Gay Politics — Pennsylvania to get first openly gay state legislator". Gaypolitics.com. 2012-04-24. Retrieved 2013-02-02. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Family Portrait: Brian Sims". Philadelphia Gay News. Retrieved 10/9/2013.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  4. "Sims sworn in to legislature". Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Retrieved 10/9/2013.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  5. Reilly, Mollie. "Brian Sims, Pennsylvania Lawmaker, Silenced On DOMA By Colleagues Citing 'God's Law'". Huffington Post. Retrieved 23 August 2013. 
  6. Arana, Gabriel (August 27, 2013). "Brian Sims Wants to Fix Pennsylvania". The American Prospect. Retrieved 10/9/2013.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)