Brian Sims is a distinguished policy attorney and civil rights advocate from Center City Philadelphia. The former Staff Counsel for Policy and Planning at the Philadelphia Bar Association, he recently stepped down as both the President of the Board of Directors of Equality Pennsylvania and as Chairman of GALLOP.
His campaign is dedicated to making Philadelphia safer, strengthening and protecting public education, expanding civil rights for all Pennsylvanians, preserving our environment while investing in alternative energy, creating jobs and cleaning up Harrisburg.
Brian is running to represent the neighborhoods of Pennsylvania's 182nd District: Rittenhouse, Fitler and Logans Squares, the Gayborhood, and parts of Washington Square West, Bella Vista, Graduate Hospital and Grays Ferry.
During his time at the Bar Association, Sims worked with attorneys, legislators and community organizations on issues ranging from gender and pay inequity to environmental regulation. A member of the National Campaign Board of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund until August 2011, Sims lectures regularly about the policy and legal challenges facing the LGBT civil rights movement and is a regular lecturer at the Center for Progressive Leadership.
Prior to his time at the Bar Association he practiced law as a disability attorney representing disabled professionals. He also worked as the Senior Law Clerk at the U.S. Environment Protection Agency’s Washington office where he focused on state and municipal compliance and enforcement.
In 2000, the son of two retired Army Lt. Colonels came out to his football team after helping to lead them to the Division II National Championship game as their captain. He remains the only former NCAA football captain to have ever come out, and is one of the most notable collegiate athletes to do so in any sport.
He has appeared on, KYW, NPR’s “Radio Times” and World Football Daily and has been profiled at OutSports, The Washington Times, ESPN, Gay.com, The Philadelphia Gay News, Compete Magazine, Philadelphia Weekly and The Daily Local News.
Today he continues to serve on the GLSEN Sports Advisory Council, is a contributor to The Advocate Magazine, and has written for The National Jurist, The New Jersey Law Journal, The Legal Intelligencer, Law.com, The Philadelphia Bar Reporter, M.D News Magazine, HRC Back Story, OutSports.com, Yahoo Sports and Compete Magazine.
Brian holds a Bachelors of Science degree from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and a Juris Doctor degree in International & Comparative Law from Michigan State University College of Law.