'Sex And The City' Star Cynthia Nixon Gets No Love From HRC in NY Governor's Race

Out New York gubernatorial candidate and award winning actress Cynthia Nixon is finding no love from prominent LGBTQ advocacy organizations when it comes to endorsements for her nascent campaign.

Both the Stonewall Democrats and the Human Rights Campaign have issued announcements throwing their support for incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo instead of the openly lesbian actress.



In terms of the LGBTQ community, Cuomo believes his record on gay issues shows results not ‘rhetoric.’

“The governor is focused on results. We’ll leave the baseless election-year rhetoric to others,” said Cuomo spokesperson Abbey Collins. “With LGBTQ rights under attack from Trump, New Yorkers know they can count on Governor Cuomo to stand up and fight back.”

The Grammy/Tony/Emmy Award winning actress, however, points to what she says are lapses in the governor’s record including no ban on so-called ‘conversion therapy’ in the state. She also believes she did more heavy-lifting in the fight to bring marriage equality to New York state.

“Gov. Cuomo may have signed the bill, but Cynthia was fighting alongside other activists for the right to marry her now wife, Christine,” Nixon spokesperson Sarah Ford told Buzzfeed. “She understands the needs of the LGBTQ community as a wife and mother of a transgender son on a deeply personal level.”

Aside from the political posturing, though, the endorsements by HRC and Stonewall Dems raises an important question: should LGBTQ advocacy groups focus their support on candidates from the community? Or should experience carry the day?

Allen Roskoff, president of the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club in New York, criticized the HRC’s endorsement of Cuomo saying, “The Human Rights Campaign has been more interested in their real estate, high salaries, and hobnobbing with middle-of-the-road Democrats — while, in many cases, thumbing their nose at labor and other civil rights groups.”

“Their endorsement is not based on what’s best for the community - it’s about what’s best for their brand,” he added.

But Marty Rouse, HRC’s national field director, told BuzzFeed his organization backed Cuomo because "we stand with elected leaders who stand with us.”

And Stonewall Democrats board member Jeffrey LeFrancois told The New York Times: “I have not agreed with the governor on everything he has done, both from a policy and politics perspective. But at the end of the day, in the state of the country, state of the world right now, to take a gamble on somebody who has had zero experience in a political or governing environment is not a risk that I think is appropriate.”

The most recent polling, from Siena University, shows the Emmy, Grammy and Tony Award winner trailing 31 points behind Cuomo 29% to his 60%. That same poll showed Cuomo’s favorability at 67% and Nixon’s at 29%.

The primary is scheduled for September 13.

It’s worth noting that this isn’t the first time the HRC has been accused of ignoring LGBTQ candidates over straight, cisgender nominees.

One example - earlier this year, this writer interviewed openly lesbian, black, female state Sen. Patricia Spearman prior to the state primary for the 4th Congressional District of Nevada.

Even with years in the state legislature, having a BA in political science, a Doctor of Business Administration degree, a Masters in Divinity and being a 29 year veteran of the U.S. Army where she achieved the rank of Lt. Colonel, she says the Human Rights Campaign never called her to even inquire about how they could help her campaign.

Instead, the HRC backed former congressman Steven Horsford, a straight, cisgender male, who won the Democratic nomination.

Some political folks have chimed in on the subject saying the Trump administration is an example of what can happen when ‘celebrities’ with no prior experience in public service take office.

What do you think, readers?

Should our advocacy groups focus on backing candidates from the community who step up? Or should experience count more?

Queer Eye' Star 'Karamo Brown Honored With HRC Visibility Award

Karamo Brown has had quite the 2018 so far, as being one fifth of the new "fab five" on the Queer Eye reboot has found him some incredible success both on and off the camera.  His show alongside his other four cast members was just renewed for a second season, and his outspokenness and honesty on several topics as it relates to the LGBTQ community just earned him a major award last night.

He was honored with the HRC Visibility Award at their 21st Annual HRC Houston Gala on Saturday night.  The award was presented to him by Empire star Jussie Smollett.  It was announced that he would receive this honor in late March by HRC.

“As an out and proud gay man, Karamo Brown is using his incredible talent and public visibility to raise awareness and find solutions to the unique challenges LGBTQ people face,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “We are honored to have him marching alongside us as a vocal champion for equality, and we are proud to honor Karamo Brown with the HRC Visibility Award at the 21st Annual HRC Houston Gala.”

Outside of Queer Eye, Karamo has done quite a lot to earn this prestigious honor.  According to HRC, he currently serves on the board for OutRight International, a leading international LGBTQI human rights organization dedicated to improving the lives of people who experience discrimination or abuse on the basis of their sexual orientation, sex characteristics, or gender identity worldwide.

He also co-founded the non-profit organization, 6in10.org, which provides tailored mental health support for black gay and bisexual men in order to eradicate the 6 in 10 HIV statistic plaguing this community. In 2016, Karamo was invited by the Obama Administration to work with the White House to create policy/ legislation to support LGBTQ youth and their allies after school hours.

Karamo had this to say during his acceptance speech at the gala last night:

“Being visible helps others to be their authentic selves. It is up to us to share the difficult parts in our lives to encourage others. I saw the possibility of my life reflected back at me.”

Congrats to Karamo on this amazing honor, and for more info on him, check out our exclusive here. 




Washington Becomes the 11th State to Ban Conversion Therapy

The state of Washington has officially become the 11th in the United States to ban ex-gay torture.  This is a big step forward for the LGBTQ community as it brings us even closer to having conversion therapy for minors banned across the country.



Washington wasn't the only state taking this initiative today, as the Maryland Senate also banned ex-gay torture by a vote of 34-12.  This bill now goes to the Maryland House. 



A press release from the Democratic National Committee about this historic move reads as follows:

Today, Democratic Governor Jay Inslee signed into law a bill banning licensed therapists from attempting conversion therapy on minors. Washington becomes the 11th state in the nation to ban the practice. In response, DNC LGBTQ Media Director Lucas Acosta issued the following statement:"

“Today, Washington State takes a huge step forward in protecting LGBTQ children by banning this backwards practice, which not only puts the lives of LGBTQ children at risk, but has been rejected by the medical community time and again."

“It would not have been possible for Governor Inslee to sign this bill into law without the support of the new Democratic state Senate. Last fall, Washington voters elected Manka Dhingra to the state Senate, which flipped control of the chamber and gave Democrats full control of the state government. In just a few months, Washington Democrats expanded protections for the LGBTQ community and fought for voting rights, equal pay, gun safety and net neutrality."

“The DNC was proud to invest in the Washington Democratic Party to support their efforts in electing Democrats up and down the ballot, including Manka Dhingra’s bid for the Washington state Senate. When Democrats lead with our values, organize early and reach voters in every ZIP code – we win.”


Karamo Brown Makes Powerful Statement About his Interracial Relationship

Karamo Brown has been one of the most talked about people in 2018, thanks to his part on the reboot of Queer Eye on Netflix. 

His passion for the subjects on the show equate to his passion on issues that occur outside of the program, some of which negative and racist comments he's received over the years for not only his skin color, but because of him being in an interracial relationship for the better part of the decade.

Karamo attended the red carpet for the Human Rights Campaign gala over the weekend in Los Angeles, where his plus one was his partner of almost eight years Ian Jordan.  The two looked simply dashing in the photo he posted on his Instagram, with Karamo showing a pop of color in red and Ian looking very handsome in white.

The caption for the photo, however, took more of a serious tone as he explained the problems the two of them had to face over the years regarding people's disapproval of them being in an interracial relationship and how they both remain positive throughout it all.

"With my partner of 7 (almost 8) yrs at the @humanrightscampaign Gala," Karamo captioned.  "Over the years We’ve received so many racist comments from people who disapprove of us being in an interracial relationship. But ignorance will never win when love and kindness are leading the way. Wishing everyone the same happiness and joy that we have! #Love." 

The photo, which has almost 40,000 likes, has generated a ton of positive feedback from his followers, with one saying "Love is Love, no matter who you are, and love & kindness will always be more powerful than hate. You two make a beautiful couple, and I wish you many more wonderful years ahead.

Have you ever been put in a situation like this due to the person you were dating, and how did you react?  Let us know your thoughts!