Building a ticket that matches Pennsylvania’s diversity could pose challenge for Democrats in 2022

BY: - October 19, 2021

Democratic hopeful Shapiro doesn’t look like the majority of Pennsylvanians — 51 percent of the state’s population are women. About 20 percent of the state is not white, a share that's grown in the last decade.

‘Let our kids play’: Advocates rally for transgender youth at Pa. Capitol

BY: - September 30, 2021

“Trans youth are welcome in Pennsylvania, Trans people belong in Pennsylvania,” Janelle Crossley, one of the state’s most prominent transgender rights advocates, said.

LGBTQ organizer Deja Alvarez steps up for Rep. Brian Sims’ Philly House seat

BY: - April 30, 2021

If elected, she would be the first transgender person to serve in the state Legislature.

Philly LGBTQ activist Lovitz announces candidacy for Rep. Brian Sims’ Pa. House seat

BY: - April 19, 2021

Sims declined to comment when asked by the the Capital-Star about both Lovitz's candidacy and whether he planned to run for re-election to his House seat.  

Auditioning for LG, Sims raises $285k in first six weeks of statewide campaign

BY: - April 16, 2021

State Rep. Brian Sims has already raised $285,000 in six weeks since announcing his 2022 run for lieutenant governor, according to fundraising numbers shared with the Capital-Star by a campaign spokesperson.

Philly Rep. Brian Sims says he’ll seek Dem nod for Lt. Gov in 2022

BY: - February 15, 2021

The first out LGBTQ person elected to be a state lawmaker in Pennsylvania has announced he’s running for lieutenant governor. Rep. Brian Sims, D-Philadelphia, announced his candidacy in 2022 for the statewide post on Monday, while decrying Pennsylvania’s “broken politics.” “We need adults in the room, and I want to bring bold, visionary leadership based […]


I’m an LGBTQ leader. Losing allies is not good | Opinion

BY: - August 6, 2020

Behavior like Sims’ creates enemies rather than allies. Behavior like Sims’ is partly why we don’t have a non-discrimination bill in Pennsylvania.

Republican lawmaker calls police after ‘aggressive and belligerent’ call with Democratic colleague over LGBTQ bill

BY: - August 4, 2020

A Philadelphia suburban Republican called the police to his home after a Democratic colleague launched into a late-night, curse-filled tirade against him in a phone call on Monday. In a statement released Tuesday, Rep. Tom Murt, R-Montgomery, claimed that Rep. Brian Sims, D-Philadelphia, told him in the call that Sims would “ruin” Murt and that […]


With lawmaker’s COVID-19 case, the Pa. House makes national headlines for all the wrong reasons – again | Friday Morning Coffee

BY: - May 29, 2020

The Legislature briefly did the right thing this week. And then decided that precedent simply couldn't stand. Because, of course.

Turzai says he didn’t know about positive COVID test, calls for future transparency

BY: - May 28, 2020

The most powerful lawmaker in the House said Thursday that he’d back changing the chamber’s rules to force lawmakers to tell their colleagues if they test positive for COVID-19.

Anti-abortion protester harassed by Brian Sims says lawmaker deserves censure

BY: - June 18, 2019

The woman spent the day meeting with lawmakers, asking for their backing to formally condemn Sims and strip him of his committee assignments.

Schuylkill County Republican floats censure of Brian Sims for harassing anti-abortion protesters

BY: - May 30, 2019

A spokesperson for House Democrats called the attempt "pathetic."