Today’s GLBT History Month Icon: Actress Cynthia Nixon

Today’s GLBT History Month Icon is award winning actress Cynthia Nixon. Born April 9, 1966, this television, film and Broadway actress is best known for her role as Miranda on “Sex and the City.” Nixon has also become a vocal GLBT rights advocate and has actively campaigned against Florida’s now defunct gay adoption ban among other GLBT causes.

From Equality Forum:

Nixon is a native New Yorker, the only child of Walter Nixon, a radio journalist, and Anne Kroll, an actress and a researcher on the television series, “To Tell the Truth.” Cynthia’s first television appearance was at age nine as an impostor on the show.

At age 12, Nixon began her acting career with a role in an ABC Afterschool Special. Her feature film debut came soon after in “Little Darlings” (1980), followed by her first role on Broadway in “The Philadelphia Story.”

Nixon graduated from Hunter College High School and attended Barnard College. As a freshman, Nixon made theatrical history acting in two Broadway plays at the same time, “The Real Thing” and “Hurlyburly.”

A working actress since the 1980’s, Nixon received a Best Supporting Actress Emmy Award in 2004 for “Sex and the City.” In 2006, she was honored with a Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in “The Rabbit Hole.” In 2008, Nixon received a second Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.”

In 2008, “Sex and the City” became a movie franchise. Nixon and her television co-stars reprized their roles in the film and a 2010 sequel, “Sex and the City 2.” The original film grossed over $415 million worldwide – making it one of the most successful R-rated comedies.

Nixon is engaged to Christine Marinoni. The couple will tie the knot in The Big Apple – when  same-sex marriage becomes legal in New York State. “We want to get married right here in New York City, where we live, where our kids live,” said Nixon. Nixon and Marinoni share parenting responsibilities for Nixon’s two children from a previous relationship.

In 2009, Nixon shared a Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for reading Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth.” In 2010, Nixon received the Vito Russo GLAAD Media Award for promoting equal rights for the gay community.

After having been diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006 following a routine mammogram, Nixon has become a vocal and active participant in, and an ambassador for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast cancer research organization. You can read more about that here.

Finally, below is a PSA from Cyndi Lauper’s GLBT activism project Give A Damn, in which Cynthia Nixon and other high-profiled voices try to raise awareness of GLBT parenting issues, including issues surrounding Florida’s now overturned ban on same-sex couples adopting:

If you would like to connect with, and find out more about the Give a Damn project, here are some links that might be useful to you:


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Catherine A.
Cat A7 years ago

Every voice gives courage and encouragement!

David M.
David M.7 years ago

Sorry for going on so much. Keep forgetting points before I click 'Add Comment'. A good test would be to imagine if heterosexuality was the supposed 'abhoration/deviency' and then ask ourselves as heterosexuals what our rights should be in that situation. Yes I'm sure the prejudiced would willingly allow their rights to be trampled.on. Actually, they'd propably make a public show of converting to homosexuality (repenting).
Crazy world we live in. 2,000 years later many Christians still don't 'get' what Christ was saying.

David M.
David M.7 years ago

Should have included in previous comment that its going to take longer for general acceptance of transgender issues. Again, every person has the right to determine what is correct for them. Maybe the 'morally offended, should realise that they have to examine why they're offended. Since males initially develop from the female sexual basis, we're all effectively on a sliding scale of secuality. There isn't a correct or incorrect one.

David M.
David M.7 years ago

It still (unfortunately) takes a lot of courage to publicly live a non-heterosexual life. I do think that it will be easier for the next generation, becuase of these brave people. I mean what's so frightening to us as heterosexuals about someone living as they believe and feel they should. I realise unscroupulous people will try to demonise differences for their own agenda, but its too widespread to not point to some kind of latent fear in heterosexuals. Why be offended? Why be scandalised?

Grace B.
Grace B7 years ago

Neftali D. what perverse sexual proclivity are you talking about?

Judge not, lest ye be judged... (Matthew 7:1)

Also, when did you decide to be straight? If you never had to make a conscious decision to be straight what makes you think you are somehow morally superior to a gay person?

Mary K.
Mary Kesterke7 years ago

For years, I was caught up in the lie that God hated homosexuals etc. then one day God showed me my own bisexuality, as well as the scripture where Jesus is asked why he is dining with "sinners" I have learned that my bisexuality is between myself and my Lord and he loves me unconditionally as he does all other gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders. He has also taught me the importance of "judge thee not...lest ye be judged."

Allan Y.
.7 years ago

A big applause to you Ms. Nixon.

Deborah Kampfer
Deborah Vitek7 years ago

I will never understand how anyone can be "homophobic". What is there to be afraid of? Good grief, I find proselytizing religious people to be annoying, but in my entire life as a professional musician I have never met a gay person who proselytizes for their lifestyle......

If someone is gay it is just like left handed or right handed or red headed or blonde.....why on earth do we get in such an uproar about this? Let's pay attention to some real issues in this world, like wars being fought for NO REASON and let people live their lives in peace as long as they are not hurting others.

In other words, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" and if you don't want to be discriminated against then, don't discriminate!

Carole F.
Carole F.7 years ago

I'm straight because that is what feels right for me. But what feels right for others is their business, not mine. I say live and let live. When Bible thumpers try to tell me that being gay is a sin I tell them then it is between them and God...I am not the judge.

Sheri P.
Sheri P7 years ago

Yeah, I give a DAMN!!!