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Not Just Miranda: Cynthia Nixon's Political Side

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If you're a Miranda, you perhaps already know what the rest of us are catching up on: that Cynthia Nixon is not just a beloved actor from 'Sex and the City,' but also a politically involved life-long New Yorker. And now she's taking that to the next level with the announcement of her run for governor on the Democratic ticket, pitting her against two-time incumbent Andrew Cuomo.

Having starred in six seasons of 'Sex and the City,' plus two feature films, over the last twenty years, she certainly has valuable name recognition. But it's not just a name: Nixon has used her fame to highlight her political views over the years.

Education New York Daily News Archive/NY Daily News via Getty Images Education In 2002, Nixon was arrested while protesting proposed cuts to school funding. Her daughter was in kindergarten at the time, and then-Mayor Bloomberg's administration had pushed for $350 million in education cuts. Nixon and other school advocates had an impact: In the end, the city shrunk the cuts down to $60 million. Nixon, a public school graduate herself, sends her children to NYC public schools. Her wife worked for the city's education department under Mayor de Blasio until Nixon announced her candidacy. LGBTQ Rights Neilson Barnard/Getty Images LGBTQ Rights "I’ve been straight and I’ve been gay, and gay is better," Nixon has said. She met her now-wife Christine Marinoni through her education advocacy work in 2004. Since then, Nixon has added LGBTQ causes to her agenda. She pushed for the legalization of same-sex marriage, has spoken at rallies for queer and trans rights, and routinely headlines fundraisers for LGBTQ advocacy groups. Here, she is pictured marching in the annual Pride parade in 2016, alongside Al Sharpton, Mayor Bill de Blasio and his wife Chirlane McCray. Nixon actively campaigned for de Blasio during his election, securing other celebrity endorsements and serving as a key member of his women's committee. Anti-Trump Resistance Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images Anti-Trump Resistance Pictured here at a protest the night before President Trump's inauguration, Nixon has been a vocal opponent of the president. She lent her star power to the rally that drew tens of thousands of demonstrators to Trump Tower ahead of his swearing-in. Women's Rights Andrew Toth/WireImage Women's Rights "I'm here today to tell Washington that they better think twice about messing with women," Nixon told the crowd at the NYC Women's March in 2017. She has worked closely with Planned Parenthood, and penned a personal essay advocating for abortion rights where she discussed her mother's abortion at a time when it was still illegal. Immigration & Refugees Stephanie Keith/Getty Images Immigration & Refugees Here, Nixon joins protesters rallying at John F. Kennedy airport after President Trump's executive order barred citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the U.S.
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