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Interestingly, there are very few openly gay Republican politicians around the country. (Zach Wyatt of Missouri is the only known current Republican legislator who is known publicly to be gay.) Fleck, in fact, is the first openly gay politician in Pennsylvania although Democrat Brian Sims was elected in November 2012 to House District 182 and will be formally sworn in to office in January.
What is also unusual about Sims story is that there was no scandal that led to his coming out, it appears to be a time and date of his choosing. Maybe this will encourage other gay Republican politicians to come out as well. Statistically, we know that there must be more LGBT politicians who are Republicans, since approximately 3.5 percent of all Americans will identify themselves as openly lesbian, gay or bisexual.