Sarah Jessica Parker endorses Sex and the City co-star Cynthia Nixon for New York Governor
Sarah Jessica Parker has given her full backing to fellow Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon in her run to be New York Governor.
Nixon, who announced her candidacy earlier this month, would be the state’s first-ever openly out Governor, and the first woman to serve in the role.
The long-time LGBT activist is running as a Democratic primary challenger to the incumbent Governor Andrew Cuomo.
And now Nixon, an Emmy, Grammy and Tony Award-winner most famous for her role as Miranda Hobbes, has the explicit support of her most famous Sex and the City co-star.
Writing on Instagram, Parker said that Nixon was “a mother, an activist, an advocate, a fighter, a NY’er, a dear friend running for Governor of our great state.
“My sister on and off screen, you have my love, support and vote,” she added.
Parker and Kim Cattrall – who played Samantha on the show – have been locked in a long-running feud, but there seems to be none of the same drama between Parker and Nixon.
Parker’s support comes after Nixon has received criticism from Governor Cuomo’s ally, former Speaker of the New York City Council Christine Quinn, who branded her an “unqualified lesbian”.
Nixon took the insult from Quinn – who is gay herself – in her stride, tweeting that “I never received my certificate from the Department of Lesbian Affairs, though in my defence there’s a lot of paperwork required.”
In fact, the candidate – who is massively out-fundraising Cuomo with individual donors – is now giving out badges on her website bearing the phrase.
The “Unqualified Lesbian buttons” are available in two colours, blue and white, for donors who give $5 or more to the Cynthia Nixon for New York campaign.
Reflecting the candidate’s excellent comeback tweet, her campaign told fans: “Cynthia was called an ‘unqualified lesbian’.
“In her defence there’s a lot of paperwork required. Grab your button to support our campaign today.”
Nixon also responded on stage at a campaign rally held at New York City’s iconic LGBT landmark Stonewall Inn.
Opening the event, she said: “Welcome, unqualified lesbians, and qualified ones too! Welcome to the trans community, welcome to queer people of every stripe, and our beautiful straight allies.”
Earlier this year, while picking up a Visibility Award at the Human Rights Campaign’s New York Gala, Nixon gave an impassioned speech attacking wealth inequality and “corporate Democrats”.
During her appearance on The View last year, she accused the Governor – who is seeking a third term in office – of “shortchanging the children of New York.”
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The 51-year-old actress is also an outspoken critic of President Trump.
She has blasted Mike Pence as the “poster boy for anti-LGBT rhetoric, legislation and conversion therapy”, calling on LGBT people to reject his agenda.
Speaking at a rally days after Trump was inaugurated, she said: “As LGBT people, we know how important coming out is, but I would argue that our coming out has never been more important than it is right now.
“We need to come out not just as queer, but as people who know all too well what it feels like to be put in a box that says ‘other,’ less than,’ ‘easy target if you’re looking for someone to bully, harass, discriminate against, demonise, beat up, even kill.”