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FILE - In this May 9, 2013, file photo, State Rep. Brian Sims D-Philadelphia speaks before Mayor Michael Nutter signs legislation that broadens equality protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people living and working in Philadelphia.  Sims, who is openly gay, responded to a man who posted a slur on his Facebook page by calling the man's grandmother. He saw the slur referencing blacks and gays Wednesday, April 26, 2017, as he scrolled through his Facebook feed. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
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Gay legislator hits back at online troll by calling grandma

FILE - In this May 9, 2013, file photo, State Rep. Brian Sims D-Philadelphia speaks before Mayor Michael Nutter signs legislation that broadens equality protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people living and working in Philadelphia. Sims, who is openly gay, responded to a man who posted a slur on his Facebook page by calling the man's grandmother. He saw the slur referencing blacks and gays Wednesday, April 26, 2017, as he scrolled through his Facebook feed. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An openly gay Pennsylvania politician has hit back at an internet troll who posted a slur on his Facebook page — by calling the troll’s grandmother.

WCAU-TV reports (http://bit.ly/2pmtmen ) state Rep. Brian Sims saw the slur referencing blacks and gays Wednesday as he scrolled through his Facebook feed.

Sims is white and represents a downtown Philadelphia district. He replied on the man’s page he can’t tell if the man is a “dumb little boy or an angry bigot” but he knows the man shouldn’t have posted his grandmother’s telephone number on the page. He adds: “She and I had a very disappointing chat about you. We’ll talk soon…”

Sims says the grandmother passed along the man’s phone number.

Sims is a Democrat. He has made gay rights a top priority and says he’s no stranger to cyberbullies.

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Information from: WCAU-TV, http://www.nbc10.com

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