PITTSBURGH—In recognition of LGBT History Month, Chatham University will host speaker State Representative Brian Sims (D-Philadelphia) at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, October 9. Rep. Sims will discuss current anti-discrimination legislation and marriage equality at a public lecture in Eddy Theater. A meet and greet will follow in Mellon Center. Both events are free and registration is available at www.pcwp.org or 412-365-1878. The event is sponsored by the Chatham University Office of Student Affairs, the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics, and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee at Chatham University.
About Representative Brian Sims
Elected in November of 2012, Representative Sims is the first elected out LGBT member of the Pennsylvania General Assembly. Representative 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.
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.
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 many media outlets, including The National Jurist, The Legal Intelligencer, OutSports.com, and Yahoo Sports.
About the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics
The Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics (PCWP) is a non–partisan center devoted to fostering women’s public leadership through education, empowerment, and action.
The first center to focus on women’s political involvement in Pennsylvania, the PCWP integrates disciplinary knowledge, civic education, and capacity building while examining the intersection of women and public policy. The Center conducts candidate and advocacy trainings, offers educational programs in applied politics, and provides timely analysis on women’s issues.
The Center is also home to the University’s membership in Project Pericles – a select group of liberal arts colleges and universities that have made institutional commitments to promoting participatory citizenship and social responsibility.
The Pennsylvania Center for Women, Politics, and Public Policy was established in 1998 through the generosity of the Hillman Foundation, Inc. and the Maurice Falk Medical Foundation. It was then reconceived and endowed in 2003, by the Hillman Foundation.
About Chatham University
Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pa., has a long history of commitment to the environment and today is a recognized leader in the field of sustainability. Chatham is also one of only 22 schools in the U.S. to be named to The Princeton Review’s 2013 Green College Honor Roll and is mentioned in a 2012 Forbes article as one of the places contributing to Pittsburgh’s transformation into a destination for “green living.” Building on its accomplishments, Chatham is breaking new ground by building one of the world’s first fully sustainable campuses in higher education. Located on 388 acres just north of Pittsburgh, the new, Eden Hall Campus integrates sustainable development, learning, and living throughout its design. Here, students of all disciplines learn to solve complex sustainability and environmental challenges facing urban environments through immersion in a range of fields, including food and sustainable agriculture, energy and climate, water, design and planning, and community and health. Eden Hall Campus opens fall 2013. More information and a 3-D walkthrough available at www.chatham.edu/edenhall.