Brian Sims in his senior year at university in 2000 (Photo: Brian Sims | Facebook)

Brian Sims has surprised – and delighted – many of his followers by re-sharing an old throwback photo.

The politician, 41, a Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for the 182nd district, first shared the photo a few years ago, but re-sharing it yesterday has prompted a huge response.

The photo has prompted thousands of reactions on Facebook and Instagram, and hundreds of… well, thirsty comments.

Related: Brian Sims banned from Facebook for sharing an anti-gay slur directed at him

Sims was born in Washington DC in 1978. The son of Army colonels, he moved from state to state before the family settled in Pennsylvania in 1990.

Whilst at Bloomsburg University he was co-captain of the Bloomsburg University team and was recognized as a scholar-athlete.

He came out to his teammates during the 2000 season, becoming the first openly gay college football captain in NCAA history.

He went on to get a law degree at Michigan State University School of Law. Sims became an attorney after university before entering politics full time.

He was elected to office in 2012. Since then, he has consistently spoken out in support of LGBTQ rights and earned great admiration as an out, gay Democratic politician – like the memorable time he welcomed Vice President Mike Pence to Philadelphia by showing him the finger.

And in case you’re wondering what he looks like now, here’s a recent photo.

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