State Representative Brian K. 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 Gay and Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia (GALLOP). He also has extensive experience as a guest lecturer. He earned a bachelor of science degree from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and a juris doctor degree in international and comparative law from the Michigan State University College of Law. 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. He is the first out LGBT member of the Pennsylvania General Assembly. Before 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. Environmental Protection Agency's Washington office, where he focused on state and municipal compliance and enforcement.
In 2000, Sims, the son of two retired Army lieutenant colonels, came out to his football team after helping to lead them to a Devision 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. Brian remains active today, completing two 50-mile races in the last four years as well as one marathon each year for the previous seven years. In 2014 he climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro with the Military Assistance Project.
We are proud to have him on our donor team yet again.
Rowing Team Dates:
August 6 2014 -August 10th, 2016
The Military Assistance Project Team is Rowing the Rogue River on a Charity Paddle, dedicated to raising funds to provide legal and housing services to Philadelphia veterans and military personnel.
Purpose for Rowing: