ALBANY – A number one LGBTQ group’s endorsement Wednesday of Gov. Cuomo’s re-election is not stopping the group from honoring a possible Democratic major foe of the governor at its annual New York Metropolis gala on Saturday evening.
Whereas Cuomo is scheduled to talk on the occasion, the Human Rights Marketing campaign, a nationwide lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights group, will give its 2018 Visibility Award to actress Cynthia Nixon.
Nixon not too long ago responded “perhaps” when requested by NY1 if she’s going to problem Cuomo in a Democratic major this 12 months.
“Cynthia Nixon is a fearless and outspoken advocate for all LGBTQ individuals,” stated HRC President Chad Griffin. “Cynthia makes use of her expertise and public platform to talk out for equality on this nation and across the globe, and within the course of, she is altering numerous hearts and minds.”
Human Rights Marketing campaign spokesman Stephen Peters didn’t return requires remark about having each Cuomo and Nixon on the identical invoice.
Nixon is one among a number of names which have surfaced as a possible major challenger to Cuomo from the left.
Nixon is a staunch advocate for public faculty funding. She has criticized Cuomo for short-changing needy colleges, one thing the governor has vehemently denied.
Along with Nixon, former Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner and ex-Hudson Valley state Sen. Terry Gipson have additionally been talked about as potential major candidates. Gipson has already created a marketing campaign account.
A Cuomo marketing campaign spokesman had no touch upon Nixon’s scheduled look.
In backing Cuomo’s re-election on Wednesday, Griffin credited the two-term Democrat for legalizing same-sex marriage in New York, prohibiting private and non-private well being care insurers from masking so-called homosexual conversion remedy, and enacting non-discrimination protections for transgender individuals.
He additionally cited Cuomo’s efforts to fight HIV and AIDS.
“Governor Cuomo has been a champion for the LGBTQ neighborhood, with a confirmed monitor document of accelerating much-needed protections and advancing equality for all New Yorkers,” Griffin stated.