Program Focusing on LGBT Civil Rights Slated at RVCC

Rep. Brian Sims (PA) will speak on “LGBT Civil Rights and the Power of Allies,” Thursday, April 16, at 4 p.m., at Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC). The program, which is free of charge and open to the public, will be held in the Conference Center at the College’s Branchburg Campus.

Brian Sims is a distinguished policy attorney and civil rights advocate from Center City Philadelphia. When he was elected in 2011, Sims became the first out LGBT member of the Pennsylvania General Assembly. Prior to taking public office, Sims was a member of the national campaign board of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund and chairman of the Gay and Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia. He also instructed and lectured regularly at the Center for Progressive Leadership. He has extensive experience lecturing internationally to corporations and universities about the legal implications of diversity and the modern LGBT civil rights movement.

The son of two retired Army lieutenant colonels, Sims came out to his football team members in 2000 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 he is one of the most notable collegiate athletes to do so in any sport.

Sims serves on the Boards of the Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation, Campus Pride, and the GLSEN Sports Advisory Council and is a contributor to The Huffington Post, The Advocate, and He also appears regularly on MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews, The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell, The Rachel Maddow Show and The Ed Show, as well as NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross and Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane.

He holds a B.S. degree from Bloomsburg University and a J.D. degree in International and Comparative law from the Michigan State University College of Law. He also completed a Fellowship at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

The lecture is being sponsored by RVCC’s Office of the Dean of Academic Affairs, the Office of the Dean of Multicultural Affairs, and the Committee to Internationalize and Diversify the Curriculum. For additional information, contact David Chase at 908-526-1200, ext. 8598 or

Rep. Brian Sims

Rep. Brian Sims.


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Raritan Valley Community College is an educational community that works to develop critical thinking, foster intellectual curiosity, promote leadership, encourage social responsibility, support personal growth, and sustain engaged citizenship within a diverse population of students and community members.

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