Pennsylvania Rep. Brian Sims is still celebrating his state’s legalization of same-sex marriage. That along with the White House officially designating June as LGBT Pride month has made the openly gay politician enthusiastic about the future of politics. He is so hopeful that he believes the U.S. will have a gay president in 10 years. He made the declaration in an interview published in the June issue of French gay magazine TETU made available on Monday.
Sims himself is a symbol of progression for his state and the entire nation. The lawyer and LGBT civil right activist was the first openly gay elected state legislator in Pennsylvania history. His commitment and dedication to the communities he represent makes him one of the more respected politicians in the country.
Sims also realizes that the label attached to him as an openly gay politician has its own importance and he, as well as other openly gay politicians, will eventually pave the way for an even higher office. In the interview he addressed the label saying, “It doesn’t bother me that people label me as the ‘gay elected representative of Pennsylvania.’ In 50 years, it won’t be an issue anymore. Looking at the current trend in the American opinion, we’ll have a gay president in 10 years.”
Speaking of presidents, Sims applauded President Barack Obama for his hand in recent LGBT rights issues. He named him as one of the top 10 pro-LGBT activists in America mostly because of recognition and acknowledgement of LGBT issues and the way he has been able to change mentalities, particularly “within the African-American community.”
Overall, Sims believes the climate of American politics is changing for the better mostly because there are many politicians who are willing to fight for what they believe in. He even gives much respect to his opponents. He said, “In politics, I respect my opponents because they fight for what they believe in. You need to know how to disagree with someone without being rude: It’s a cliché that they keep repeating over and over at school, but this concept has helped me more at the PA General Assembly than anything else I’ve learned as a lawyer or an activist.”