Pennsylvania Swears In First Openly Gay Elected Legislator

On Tuesday, Pennsylvania swore in Rep. Brian Sims (D), the state’s first openly gay elected official. Last month, Rep. Mike Fleck (R) also came out as gay, but Sims still holds the distinction of being the state’s first lawmaker to run and win election as an openly gay candidate. Sims hopes to address LGBT discrimination in employment and housing, as well as gun violence, pointing out that “we had more murders last year in Philadelphia than in all of Germany.”