Brian Sims chastised by LGBTQ+ advocates who support a direct adversary
Brian Sims reprimanded by Penn. LGBTQ+ Advocates Who Support a Straight Opponent
More than 40 LGBTQ+ leaders in Pennsylvania have endorsed one of gay state Rep. Brian Sims’ opponents for lieutenant governor ahead of the key state’s Democratic primary on May 17.
The leaders held a press conference on March 3 at the William Way LGBT Community Center in Philadelphia. They announced they were supporting State Rep. Austin Davis in the Lieutenant Governor’s primary, the Washington Blade reports.
In their announcement, the advocates said Davis had the best chance of winning in the November general election and was a strong supporter of LGBTQ+ rights in the state. Davis, a first-term senator from western Pennsylvania, would be the state’s first black lieutenant governor.
“This decision is a stunning rebuke to Sims, who has already been endorsed by national LGBTQ groups, including the Human Rights Campaign and the LGBTQ Victory Fund,” the official said. Blade wrote.
Davis attended the press conference with Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, whom leaders also endorsed for governor of Pennsylvania. Shapiro runs unopposed in the primary. the Blade reports that Shapiro endorsed Davis earlier this year and considers the senator his primary running mate.
Both said they would support pro-LGBTQ+ legislation in the state.
“I am honored and grateful to have the support of so many LGBTQ+ community leaders from across our Commonwealth – and I am ready to continue fighting for them as the next Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania,” Davis said during of the press conference. “The rights of every Pennsylvanian should be protected by law, and in Harrisburg, I have worked to protect LGBTQ+ rights and advance equality.”
Although no LGBTQ+ leader has said anything about Sims not supporting LGBTQ+ rights if elected, local activists have criticized Sims in comments posted by Philadelphia Gay News.
According to Bladecriticisms leveled at Sims include failing to provide his constituents with proper services and that none of his legislative proposals passed the Pennsylvania legislature during the decade he was in office.
In a statement to the outlet, Sims said, “Fighting for LGBTQ+ equality has been my life’s work. You need look no further than the legislation I introduced and sponsored over the past decade or my career before I came to power to see this.
“Our community – like many other communities – is tired of being approached by allies for our votes only at election time, when it is most opportune,” Sims said. “We are more than a collection of photo opportunities and press conferences, and we deserve representation that will actually fight for our causes. We need elected officials who stood with the community before the election campaign and who will still be there after election day. That’s why I’m running for lieutenant governor.
The LGBTQ Victory Fund, which supported Sims, said “the LGBTQ community is not a monolith”.
“We have varying political priorities, interests and beliefs, so it’s no surprise that a handful of leaders from the LGBTQ community are supporting other candidates,” said Victory Fund spokesperson Elliot Imse. . Blade.
“Yet the majority of LGBTQ voters and community leaders are thrilled to elect Brian Sims as Keystone State’s next lieutenant governor, and his fundraising numbers are all the proof you need,” Imse said. . “The enthusiasm of Pennsylvanians behind Brian’s historic candidacy is overwhelming.”