Cynthia Nixon Honored With Yale's 'Artist For Equality' Award For Gay Rights Advocacy

Tony, Grammy and Emmy winner Cynthia Nixon will soon be able to add "Artist for Equality" to her ever-growing list of accolades.

The "Sex and the City" star, 46, will reportedly receive the award as part of Yale University GALA Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Alumni Association's Reunion Weekend. Although the weekend itself has been postponed in the wake of Winter Storm Nemo, Nixon is still currently slated to receive her award at a special Feb. 8 concert, where she will be serenaded by the Yale Whiffenpoofs, the university's legendary all-male a cappella group.

Nixon will be the inaugural recipient of the award, will be presented annually to artists "who have demonstrated a strong commitment to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community," according to a press release.

In an email statement, Nixon said she was "incredibly honored" by the Yale award. Given that the actress is a Barnard graduate, she added, "I am looking especially forward to hearing the Whiffenpoofs, although I will feel a twinge of rivalry on behalf of the Columbia Kingsmen and the Barnard Bacchantae."

Yale GALA Co-President Mickey Dobbs said Nixon, who tied the knot last year with education activist Christine Marinoni, was chosen for the award for "representing the LGBT community with humor, intelligence and enthusiasm."

"From her political campaigning to her editorial in Newsweek to her many speaking engagements, she has been a vigorous defender of marriage equality who has kept such an important issue in the public eye," Dobbs added. "She may be well-known around the world for her stellar acting performances, but to us, she is much more."



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