BREAKING: Cynthia Nixon Officially Announces She's Running for Governor of New York!

Emmy and Tony-award winning actress Cynthia Nixon officially announced that she is running for Governor of New York on Monday afternoon.

She dropped hints earlier this month, where the former Sex and the City star reportedly talked to political strategists Bill Hyers and Rebecca Katz, two former advisors to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, about her chances of winning.

Now, she's gone full throttle as she just announced her plans to run for Governor in a heartfelt two-minute video that she posted on her Twitter this afternoon.  



The 2018 New York Gubernatorial race will take place on November 6th, 2018.  She will challenge incumbent Andrew Cuomo and several others for the position.  She also made a politically charged speech recently at the 2018 Human Rights Campaign Gala in Manhattan. 

Do you think Cynthia stands a chance? 

Gay Man Who Took Part in Facebook Hacks, That Influenced Elections, Speaks Out

By now, most of us have heard the story that hackers used data collected from Facebook to sway votes in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election. Now, one man who was a part of the process is speaking up.

The Guardian has recently released a video interview with Christopher Wylie whom the Guardian refers to as, "the gay Canadian vegan who somehow ended up creating Steve Bannon’s psychological warfare mindfuck tool.”

For more context, Wylie was a part of the data analytics firm called Cambridge Analytica. Wylie is revealing that the company took data from millions of Facebook profiles in 2014 and then used that data to created a system for showing fake news articles to change the public opinion on multiple issues.

Or, as Wylie puts it:

"Instead of standing in the public square and saying what you think, and letting people come and listen to you and have that shared experience as to what your narrative is, you are whispering into the ear of each and every voter, and you may be whispering one thing to this voter and one thing to another voter."

Wylie says that this entire plan was run by Steve Bannon and financially backed by billionaire Robert Mercer.

In the interview, found below, Christopher Wylie says that he’s remorseful for his involvement in the project and also that he sees how dangerous such acts can be.

You can check out the entire video interview down below.

h/t: Out Magazine

Ghanaian LGBTQ People Want A Public Vote For Gay Rights

LGBTQ people in Ghana are calling for Parliament to open a referendum and have a public vote on gay rights.

This all started when the US. Ambassador to Ghana, Robert P. Jackson, talked on the GhanaWeb’s 21 minutes with KKB.

While being interviewed, Jackson shared that Ghana should work towards legalizing gay rights. Currently in Ghana, LGBTQ people can be arrested and put through torture, like medical abuse, because they are LGBTQ.

Jackson believes that Ghana should walk towards ending that.

“This is a long process and it was a long process in my country. Homosexual marriage has only become law in recent years and prior to that when I was growing up, nobody talked about homosexuality. Everyone who was gay suffered enormous discrimination and that has changed in the United States because people have a better understanding of the science and issues. I think that as Ghanaians gain a greater understanding of the science and issues, they’ll also be very tolerant because this is a very tolerant country and this is one area where Ghana’s tolerance seems very limited.”

That said, Robert P. Jackson is an ambassador to Ghana and not a politician from the country. Unfortunately, Ghanaian politicians have yet to make moves towards legalizing homosexuality. In fact, some are openly opposing the idea.

Speaker of Parliament Prof. Mike Oquaye made a statement last month that Ghana would not and should not legalize homosexuality.

“If you tell me that a man must sleep with a man so as to show his human rights for Ghana, I can assure you that our Parliament is a real micropause of the rule of Ghana. Ghanaians do not support gay rights and nobody is going to make any law that will support this kind of thing.”

Gay rights activist Philcollins Agbedanu Kröger (photographed in the featured image) later contacted news source GhanaWeb to speak out against Oquaye.

“… he’s not being fair to the gay and lesbian community in Ghana because when it comes to human rights, one person does not speak for the whole nation," he said in the audio found below, "Gay and lesbian rights legalization is not an individual issue… he can bring it on board for them to discuss it in Parliament, he can also call for a referendum and then people will vote."

Now, Philcollins Agbedanu Kröger and his associates are asking parliament to heed the words of Jackson and not Oquaye. They wish for LGBTQ rights to become a focus in Ghanaian politics.

But even if Parliament allowed a referendum and a public vote, would straight Ghanaian citizens support their LGBTQ brothers and sisters?

h/t: GhanaWeb

Do You Date Outside Your Political Party?

Do You Date Outside Your Political Party?

Are You With Him?

Which led me to wonder, can there be sex without politics? I’m a gay Millennial who essentially grew up in the age of the Internet. Hell, by the time I was 8 years old I had already been sneaking into AOL chatrooms pretending to be someone I definitely wasn’t: An “18-year-old, female from Arizona” – essentially the only other state I knew existed besides my own. Sue me, I was imaginative…or just wanted to be treated as a girl.

Over my short life, I’ve witnessed the internet and social media take over the world. Everyone has an opinion – and your opinion doesn’t necessarily have to be tasteful, since there is likely another Keyboard Warrior who will come to your defense. Case in point: The Election. Ever since Donald Trump was miraculously elected into The White House, I’ve encountered countless anxieties on social media and in life. There still isn’t a day which passes when I’ll spot someone ranting to: “Delete me if you’re a Republican!” Granted, I’m using proper punctuation, a lack of emojis, and less aggressive language. During Thanksgiving 2017, I was scrolling to find many people we’re proclaiming they screamed at Republican family members and the like. It sounded a little far-fetched, but our voices are much louder on social media than they are in reality. I began to question: Do politics make a person?

I’m a registered Democrat, but openly Libertarian- who voted for Hillary Clinton. I see nonsense from all political parties, yet swing more left depending on the topic. In no way am I a Trump Supporter – I’m not insane – but, I can clearly understand why the Republican party, in particular, has been so popular in history, especially as more modern Republicans begin to evolve further from their traditional values. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with trying to see both sides to any argument – and this fully crosses into politics as well. Should I be denied a date with someone because I’m Libertarian? Furthermore, should I deny someone because they are a Left or Right-Wing Radical?

As you may already know, Trump Supporters have their own dating website, so luckily I won’t be running into anyone criminally disturbed. To be honest, I don’t believe I even know many gay Republicans, anymore, but I’m still open to going on a date with anyone on the Political spectrum, so as long as they aren’t trying to bring me out to dinner in a high-pressure timeshare sales meeting to join their mindset. I’ve made up my own and love my neutral standing, as it has kept me sane since the 45th President has changed our lives. I don’t think many would agree with me. I know at least a hundred people who wouldn’t even be kind to someone who is in a different political party from them. Jeez, a simple look at some Facebook comments will have people being called snowflakes and worse.

Is dating someone within your political party important to you?

This post is the opinion of this contributing writer to Instinct Magazine.  Opinion pieces do not always reflect the stance of the magazine or the other contributing writers.

Is "Sex And The City's" Cynthia Nixon Running For Office in New York?

You probably know Cynthia Nixon from her time as Miranda Hobbes on Sex and the City, but you might soon know her as the governor of New York.

That’s right, news reports are flying that actress Cythia Nixon is interested in running as a candidate for the governor of New York State.

Reportedly, Nixon has talked to political strategists Bill Hyers and Rebecca Katz, two former advisors to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, about her chances of winning.

While Nixon is an acclaimed actress, who holds an Emmy, a Grammy, and a Tony award, she has not held a political office position before.

That said, she is constantly talking about political affairs and has openly opposed New York state’s current governor Andrew Cuomo on many of his political stances.

For instance, while accepting a Visibility Award at the Human Rights Campaign’s New York Gala, Nixon decided to give a speech about wealth inequality and “corporate Democrats.”

In addition, Nixon has also openly criticized President Donald Trump over his immigration and transgender bans.

Plus, Nixon criticized and called Vice President Mike Pence the “poster boy for anti-LGBT rhetoric, legislation and conversion therapy.”

That said, Nixon hasn’t officially announced that she’s running for office yet.

As the New York Times reports, Nixon’s publicist Rebecca Capellan fielded off questions with the following statement:

“Many concerned New Yorkers have been encouraging Cynthia to run for office, and as she has said previously, she will continue to explore it.

“If and when such a decision is made, Cynthia will be sure to make her plans public.”

If she were to run for office and win, Cythia Nixon would become the first openly bisexual Governor and the first woman in the role as well.