Democratic state Representative Brian Sims who has been making headlines recently for recording himself aggressively berating people praying outside a Philadelphia abortion clinic has local ties. He is a 2001 graduate of Bloomsburg University. In 2000, Sims was co-captain of the Bloomsburg University football team, when he came out as gay to his teammates. In doing so, he became the only openly gay college football captain in NCAA history. That was also the year that Huskies were runners up in the Division II National Championship. In September, 2000, Sims and two of his teammates were credited with saving the life of a 15-year-old Berwick boy who was drowning in the Susquehanna River. After Bloomsburg, Sims became a lawyer and activist for LGBTQ rights. In 2012, Sims became the first openly gay elected state legislator in Pennsylvania history.