In 2012, Brian Sims became the first openly gay person in the Pennsylvania General Assembly. In an interview with Roger DuPuis for the Central Penn Business Journal, Sims discussed his concerns about Trump and his feelings on Pennsylvania business.
Sims expressed concern for women and people of color, who he fears will be negatively impacted by Trump’s apparent validation of racist and misogynistic viewpoints.
“If you are a woman in this country, or a person of color in this country, you have just been overtly told that being opposed to you, or refusing to recognize your equal status, can make someone the most powerful person in this country,” said Sims.
Sims is skeptical of those who try to excuse Trump’s bigoted language as merely a political maneuver and feels that the selection of Mike Pence as a running mate speaks for itself. “Pence has a record as being perhaps one of the most prolific anti-LGBT elected officials nationally.”
He is also concerned about the spike in hate crimes following the presidential election. “There have been several hundred hate crimes that have happened in just the last week alone.”
Sims also discussed his Republican birthright and current status as a registered Democrat, his feeling about overregulation, and his concerns about tax structure.
To read the entire interview by the Central Penn Business Journal, click here.