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Why won’t LGBTQ orgs endorse Cynthia Nixon’s campaign instead of her straight opponent?

February 14, 2016: Actress Cynthia Nixon attends the 'A Quiet Passion' photo call during the 66th Berlinale International Film Festival.
February 14, 2016: Actress Cynthia Nixon attends the 'A Quiet Passion' photo call during the 66th Berlinale International Film Festival.Photo: taniavolobueva / Shutterstock

New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon will not be receiving the support of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the Stonewall Dems or any other prominent bodies in favor of Gov. Andrew Cuomo – at least it seems. And that’s kind of a big deal when you think about it.

Cuomo has been a critic of President Donald Trump, which is a positive sway for his New York constituents. There’s just one thing: he’s not a woman and he’s not a lesbian – or in the LGBTQ community at all.

“The HRC endorsement hurts Cynthia Nixon’s chances,” New York City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, a gay man who has endorsed Nixon, told BuzzFeed News. “Coming out against a viable progressive queer person is the wrong thing to do.”

Cuomo, who once famously denied creating the anti-gay slogan “Vote for Cuomo, not the homo” during the 1977 campaign against former New York City mayor Ed Koch, had it come right back on him when she created her own version at the annual Legislative Correspondents Association show.  “Vote for the homo, not for Cuomo,” she said.

Unfortunately for Nixon, the major players are not rallying for her on this one. Even though Cuomo has repeatedly backed lawmakers who blocked progressive LGBT bills, he’s still raking in the support.

Former New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn famously described Nixon as an “unqualified lesbian.”

“Cuomo thinks that I should stick to acting, but after seeing him try to play the part of a progressive, I think he should stick to politics,” she said. “His performance as a progressive has not been very convincing of late. You might say he’s an unqualified thespian.”

For her part, Nixon chimed in, “It’s not healthy when you feel like you have to hide who you are, and I wouldn’t wish that on anyone. And that’s why tonight I think it’s time for Andrew Cuomo to come out as a Republican.”

Even the narrative of Nixon’s transgender son and her love life – she’s an out lesbian – do not seem to be enough to gather enough interest to support an endorsement from the organizations that matter.

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