Brian Sims to speak at LHU on April 9

LOCK HAVEN — The Lock Haven University President’s Commission on LGBTQ Affairs will host “An Evening with Brian Sims” at p.m. Tuesday, April 9 in the Price Performing Arts Center Auditorium on the campus of LHU.

State Rep. 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.

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.

He received a bachelor’s degree from Bloomsburg University and a juris doctor degree in international and comparative law from the Michigan State University College of Law.

In 2000, Sims, the son of two retired Army lieutenant 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.

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, MD News magazine, HRC Back Story, OutSports.com, Yahoo Sports and Compete magazine.

As a state legislator, he represents the neighborhoods of the Pennsylvania’s 182nd District, which includes part or all of: Rittenhouse, Fitler Square, Logan Square, Midtown/Gayborhood, Washington Square West, Bella Vista, Hawthorne, Fairmount, Queen Village, East Passyunk, Spring Garden and Market East.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information about the event, contact Erin Kennedy at 570-484-2433 or email ekennedy@lockhaven.edu.

For more information on Lock Haven University, visit www.lockhaven.edu, email admissions@lockhaven.edu, or call 570-484-2011.