Warning: harsh, hateful, threatening language.
State Representative Brian Sims, a Democrat representing Philadelphia, Pennsylvania normally gets tons of fan mail. Well, perhaps not hard copy: but his posts on Facebook page has well over 200,000 likes.
The National Coming Out Day 2017 snapshot borrowed from his official Facebook page has over 5,000 likes. The out gay politician has never shied away from voicing his platforms of equality for the LGBTQ+ community. Today, however, he received outright hate mail.
The text of a hand written letter opens with:
“To the dick sucking faggot Brian Sims”
I’m afraid it doesn’t get any nicer from there on out. What appears to be the obverse side of the letter says:
“We need more Pulse nightclubs [sic] incidents.”
The letter closes with a reference to Chestnut Street, a major thoroughfare in the city, being “appropriate” to him. Witty, this hateful troll, I’ll give him that. Sims reacted to the letter very gracefully, considering the situation. Instead of being afraid, he recounted for what he is thankful for as a gay man in the last week of Pride Month.
My PRIDE in being a member of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities is so much greater than any nastiness or aggression you’ll ever send my way because of it. This is a battle you can’t win.
My communities are stronger than you, more resilient than you, and have more reasons than ever before to FIGHT for our country!
* Facebook please leave this up as a reminder of what Pride looks like for far too many people.”
Unfortunately, Sims is right. This is a very sad "reminder of what Pride looks like for far too many people." Pride parades, Pride events, Pride month, and just having Pride in yourself are all born out of protest. Stay strong, and be observant of your surroundings. Also, remember we as the LGBTQ+ community are all part of the same fabric no matter what part of the country or world in which we live.