In FDR’s day, there were radio-broadcast fireside chats; today, two US representatives in Pennsylvania are introducing Twitter Town Hall meetings.
Brian Sims (D-Philadelphia) and Mike Schlossberg (D-Lehigh) are planning a meeting at 7:00 pm EST on Tuesday, January 14, to have a discussion about LGBT equality in Pennsylvania. Sims and Schlossberg will be Tweeting live on their accounts about the LGBT community issues of today, using the hashtag #PAEquality.
Reps. Brian Sims (D-Philadelphia) and Mike Schlossberg (D-Lehigh) are two young, progressive state representatives who are taking to the internet to get Pennsylvanians talking about the issues facing the LGBT community.
Schlossberg posted on January 9:
— Rep. Brian Sims (@RepSims) January 9, 2014
The same day, Sims posted:
— Mike Schlossberg (@RepSchlossberg) January 9, 2014
An announcement on the Pennsylvania House of Representatives website states, “the event will enable constituents, organizations and legislators to give updates and interact across the state, nation and world. Sims and Schlossberg will be tweeting from the state Capitol during the online forum.
“The lawmakers said the primary goal of the event is to inform constituents, allies and friends of the progress and status of legislation related to LGBT equality.
“At least 10 other legislators are tentatively scheduled to participate.”
Sims told PoliticsPA, “LGBT civil rights and equality issues are extremely important and because of the ever-changing nature of the legal and legislative landscape, there are many questions that ought to be answered.”
Schlossberg added that public officials such as he and Sims “have an obligation to do more in [the area of Social Media].”
He explained, “Traditional means of communication just aren’t cutting it anymore.”
Sims is the first ever openly gay representative to be elected in Pennsylvania history; previously, he held positions as the Gay and Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia’s chairman and Equality Pennsylvania’s president of the board of directors. He is also a member of the Pennsylvania LGBT Equality Caucus, as is Schlossberg.
According to PoliticsPA, the other representatives confirmed for the forum are Jordan Harris (D-Philadelphia), Michelle Brownlee (D-Philadelphia), Mary Jo Daley (D-Montgomery), Steve Santasiero (D-Bucks), Brendan Boyle (D-Philadelhpia), Stephen Kinsey (D-Philadelphia), Mark Painter (D-Montgomery), Steven McCarter (D-Montgomery), Kevin Schreiber (D-York), Matthew Bradford (D-Montgomery), Pamela DeLissio (D-Montgomery), Tina Davis (D-Bucks), and Senator Larry Farnese (D-Philadelphia).