The actress, who is a lifelong New Yorker, is now set to challenge two-term Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the Democratic primary this September.
If elected, she would make history as both the first female and the first openly LGBTQ governor of New York. Those facts did not go unnoticed by the award-winning actress’s sizable fanbase, many of whom continue to associate her with her iconic character, Miranda Hobbes, on HBO’s “Sex and the City.”
Rosie O’Donnell expressed her support for Nixon’s gubernatorial campaign ...
However, the campaign announcement received a less-than-enthusiastic response from former New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn. The openly gay Quinn, who has campaigned for Cuomo, blasted Nixon as “an unqualified lesbian” in a New York Post interview. “This is a time to move away from celebrity and toward progressive leadership,” she said.
In fact, Nixon, who is bisexual, and her wife, Christine Marinoni, have been advocates for public education, women’s rights and LGBTQ rights for some time. Mayor Bill de Blasio named Nixon to the advisory board for the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City in 2014, and Marinoni has served as an adviser to the New York City Department of Education in the de Blasio administration.
Check out some of the best LGBTQ reactions to Nixon’s campaign announcement below.
Can you save your "Too many celebrities in politics right now" rant for a day when a queer woman with years of public schooling advocacy isn't stepping up?— Louis Virtel (@louisvirtel) March 19, 2018
Moves like @CynthiaNixon's are inspiring on a few different levels.— Jean-Paul Bevilacqua (@jpbevi) March 19, 2018
To see a queer woman without the "conventional" professional background challenge the political status quo is an important thing to see.
That she's also qualified only strengthens the power of her example.
(Quick reminder that Cynthia Nixon identifies more as bisexual than a lesbian, thank you for your time)— Caroline Framke (@carolineframke) March 19, 2018
Cynthia Nixon is very smart, and Andrew Cuomo deserves to be primaried.— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) March 19, 2018
*gets on a soapbox, having never seen a single episode of Sex and the City, clears throat into a megaphone* CYNTHIA NIXON IS BISEXUAL, NOT A LESBIAN. THANK YOU.— Ryan Smith (@wryansmith) March 20, 2018
i've just seen a tweet saying that rushing in to correct people who call cynthia nixon a lesbian makes bisexuals look like we don't like lesbians. this is incorrect. what we don't like is erasure.— VIVA LA BISEXUAL REP (@Jennirrific) March 20, 2018
a twitter bot that just replies "cynthia nixon is bisexual" to every publication on the internet— Danny Nett (@dannynett) March 19, 2018
Gay Twitter is hilariously shook about Cynthia Nixon announcing her candidacy. You'd think Cher just won the Nobel Prize or something.— Tom & Lorenzo (@tomandlorenzo) March 19, 2018
As a single father, as a gay man and as a black man I’m excited by @CynthiaNixon being a candidate because I love what she represents. Now it’s time to dive deep and research her political agenda. That will be the determining factor. https://t.co/7FahHaWUQv— Karamo Brown (@KaramoBrown) March 19, 2018
Every single gay in all five boroughs made a Cynthia Nixon/Laura Linney governing in rep joke today but not one of you asked her where she stands on legislating a Sex and the City sequel.— Alan Henry (@AlanHenry) March 19, 2018