Meet the Logo30: PA State Rep. Brian Sims

"Pride is seeing all of us who are in this battle together."

Every day during the month of June, we will be spotlighting our 2020 Logo30. This powerful series profiles ordinary and extraordinary people who show pride in unique and provocative ways. Visit the Logo30 homepage to view current and past honorees.

Pennsylvania lawmaker Brian Sims made history back in 2012, when he became the first openly gay man elected to the Pennsylvania state legislature.

As NewNowNext reported, Sims recently made headlines when he delivered an impassioned tirade tearing down his Republican colleagues, who allegedly hid a confirmed case of COVID-19 from Democratic legislators. According to Sims, the state’s GOP was aware of the infected rep—yet lawmakers still gathered in person to legislate during the crisis, putting Sims and his colleagues at risk of exposure. He eventually called for a full investigation into the matter by the Pennsylvania state government.

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Sims is also not afraid to call out the Trump administration. In 2018, he “welcomed” Vice President Mike Pence to Philadelphia by flipping him off on social media.

For Pride this year, Sims told Logo and NewNowNext that he would be amplifying the voices of the LGBTQ community, specifically those of color, and trans women of color.

“I think right now, part of the reason you see so much vitriol towards those members of our community is because of how powerful they are. And people fear that power, and they fear that leadership,” says the representative. “And there’s this hope that if you go after the strongest among us that you get the rest of us, and I think that part of Pride is seeing all of us who are in this battle together and making sure we are amplifying and lifting up those voices that desperately need our platform and deserve our privilege.”

Watch interviews with our 2020 Logo30 honorees, including Sims, below.
 

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