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Elizabeth Warren receives crucial endorsement from gay politician whose name is not Pete Buttigieg

Patrick Kelleher March 3, 2020
Brian Sims Elizabeth Warren

Brian Sims (L) and Elizabeth Warren (R) (Paul Zimmerman/Getty)

Gay politician Brian Sims has endorsed Elizabeth Warren for the United States presidency because she “values the power of all people to live and to contribute”.

Sims, who is a Pennsylvania state representative, endorsed Warren in an article for The Advocate following gay candidate Pete Buttigieg’s dramatic exit from the race.

“I’m endorsing a candidate for president that values the power of all people to live and to contribute,” Sims wrote.

“Black, brown, queer, trans, immigrant ⁠– Elizabeth Warren is fighting for all Americans and I plan to stand with her in that fight.”

Gay lawmaker Brian Sims said Elizabeth Warren has ‘a deep understanding of the issues’ facing American people.

In the op-ed, Sims hit out at the Trump administration as being “hellbent on hurting and taking” from the American people, and said the antidote is to be “bold and courageous”.

He mentioned a long list of issues facing Americans today, including the violence faced by trans people in the United States.

“The time to nibble around the edges of policy is over ⁠— the stakes are too high,” he wrote.

Sims said that Warren has “a deep understanding of the issues” facing his constituents.

Black, brown, queer, trans, immigrant ⁠– Elizabeth Warren is fighting for all Americans and I plan to stand with her in that fight.

“She has the most comprehensive plan for LGBTQ+ Americans that I’ve ever seen, universal child care, a plan to deal with the student loan debt crushing a generation; across the board she’s proposed thoughtful, comprehensive solutions that could transform our country for the better and continue the fight to ensure our democracy works for all of us,” he wrote.

“She’s the fighter we need in the White House, and I am proud to endorse her for president of the United States,” he finished.

The endorsement came 24 hours after gay candidate Pete Buttigieg pulled out of the race.

Sims became Pennsylvania’s first openly gay representative in 2012 when he was elected, and since then has spoken out in favour of LGBT+ rights on a number of occasions. Last April, he shared photos of his PrEP medication to combat stigma around HIV prevention.

His endorsement for Warren came just 24 hours after gay candidate Pete Buttigieg announced his sudden departure from the Democratic race following a devastating loss in the South Carolina primary.

Buttigieg had previously topped the polls in Iowa and came a close second in New Hampshire, but his chances of winning the nomination had started to narrow by the time he conceded defeat on Sunday night.

More: brian sims, Democratic presidential election, Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg

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