State Rep. Brian Sims D-Philadelphia speaks before Mayor Michael Nutter signs legislation that broadens equality protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people living and working in the city, Thursday, May 9, 2013, in Philadelphia. Nutter and gay rights advocates say it makes Philadelphia the first big city in the U.S. to offer tax credits to companies that extend the same health care coverage to LGBT employees' life partners and their children as they already provide to heterosexual spouses and their children. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
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Brian Sims says some of the most 'intense misogyny' towards women comes from gay men

The openly gay Democractic member also revealed he serves with a lot of closeted members

2018-07-16

Brian Sims said the most “intense misogyny” towards women comes from gay men.

The 39-year-old only openly gay Democratic member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives has been a vocal LGBT rights supporter but during the debate on gender wage gap in America, Sims believes homophobia and sexism comes from the same mind.

Speaking to the Advocate, Sims said: “I put myself in a lot of situations where I know homophobia already exists.

“The same mind that thinks gay is wrong is a mind that already thinks that women are lesser, that femininity is weak.

“And so, what I see is most homophobia is really anger at a person because their sexuality veers from what somebody [else thinks] it should be.

“I serve with over a dozen closeted members, whom I would never identify to anybody else, and when I joined the legislature, many of them were co-sponsors of anti-LGBT bills.

“Some of the most intense misogyny I see towards women comes from gay men.

“Whereas I would think that living a life where others marginalise you would teach you how to combat marginalisation and how to recognise it, oftentimes, it teaches people to be good at it themselves.”