Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker: Brian Sims

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One of the benefits of GLUE Weekend is our Officer's Brunch held on Sunday at our host hotel. Brunch is included with your run pass and we have a keynote speaker. This year, we are proud to welcome Brian Sims as that speaker

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 has served as the president of Equality Pennsylvania, and as chairman of Gay and Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia (GALLOP).

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.

In 2000, Sims 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, and has written for The National Jurist, The New Jersey Law Journal, The Legal Intelligencer,, The Philadelphia Bar Reporter, MD News, HRC Back Story, Complete,, and Yahoo Sports.

Want to attend the Officers Luncheon?

Officers Luncheon included with Run Pass.