All-American gay candidate


By Angela D. Giampolo, Esquire

As a former college football captain, Brian Sims knows what it is like to have fans supporting him and his team win. As a candidate for political office, Sims is rapidly gaining support to become Pennsylvania‚Äôs first openly LGBT state legislator. 

In 2000, Sims led the Division II Bloomsberg University football team to a national title game. To this day, he is the only openly gay college football captain and the most notable college player to ever come out. 

His work as an attorney and fierce advocate for LGBT rights have earned him as much notoriety as his athletic achievements. Sims recently served as the President of Equality Pennsylvania and as Chairman of GALLOP (Gay and Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia). He was also named one of “40 Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40” in the nation by the National LGBT Bar Association/ABA and made Campus Pride’s “HOT LIST: Top 25 LGBT Favorites” two years running for speaking about tolerance on college campuses.

Sims is running in Pennsylvania’s 182nd District, which encompasses part of downtown Philadelphia including the city’s vibrant Gayborhood. Much like the LGBT movement itself, he is trying to move from advocacy to the mainstream.

“I have dedicated my professional life to fighting for the citizens of our great city,” Sims said. “Now I am ready to step up and fight for our communities as a public servant.”

An All-American athlete turned All-American candidate, Brian Sims’ election gives the LGBT community hope.

For more about Brian Sims and his campaign visit his site here.

About The Author

Mission Angela D. Giampolo founded Giampolo Law Group (GLG), a boutique law firm with the purpose of fulfilling the legal needs of individuals and companies regionally and internationally. GLG champions for its individual clients’ legal needs and cultivates personal relationships with each throughout the process. Whether a client is in need of adoption services, a civil rights defense, an estate plan or assistance negotiating an agreement of sale, GLG works diligently to achieve the best results for its clients. For its corporate clients, GLG specializes in establishing In-House Counsel relationships with small to mid-size companies. This allows GLG to become intimately involved in the day-to-day operations of the business, providing a holistic range of services and preventative advice. GLG prides itself on enabling growth in small to mid-size businesses without crippling them with legal fees. As such, GLG provides alternative billing arrangements for its services, working closely with each client to determine an arrangement best suited for their legal needs. Ms. Giampolo has traveled to 18 different countries and has taken residence in four countries. Through her extensive travels, she found a growing need for a more individualized approach to legal services. As a result, she founded GLG, a boutique law firm providing “big-law” services without charging “big-law” fees. Beyond providing comprehensive and affordable legal services, GLG focuses not simply on the legal task at hand, but more importantly, on the best interests of its clients in order to produce the best results.

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