LGBTQ community leader Jonathan Lovitz announced on April 19 his candidacy for State Representative of the 182nd District seat. Lovitz has been the Senior Vice President of the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce for the past five years. In 2020, he co-organized PhillyVoting.org, an initiative to strengthen voting in the Black and LGBTQ community. The 182nd district serves a large section of Center City, including the Gayborhood, as well as parts of Fairmount, Queen Village, Hawthorne, and East Passyunk. The seat is currently held by Rep. Brian Sims, who is running for Lieutenant Governor.
Lovitz also acknowledged in his op-ed the need for racial justice and called attention to the violence faced by the LGBTQ community and specifically by the trans community.