The recognition comes for Nixon’s long-standing work in the LGBTQ community, speaking out for equality while fighting stigma and prejudice. Most recently, the actress spoke out against President Donald Trump’s immigration ban outside the historic Stonewall Inn in New York City. “As LGBT people, we know how important coming out is, but I would argue that our coming out has never been more important than it is right now,” she said at the rally.
Nixon, widely known for her role as Miranda Hobbes on Sex and the City, continues to be a force on stage and screen, particularly in 2017, when she won a Tony Award for her performance in The Little Foxes opposite Laura Linney and garnered critical praise for her portrayal of Emily Dickinson in A Quiet Passion.
“With any good villain, you strive to understand what makes them that way -- even Donald Trump. You can’t just say he’s horrible or stupid or whatever,” Nixon told ET last spring, ahead of playing the villainous Regina in The Little Foxes, explaining that she wants to understand how the president -- and Regina -- came to be.
“Cynthia Nixon is a fearless and outspoken advocate for all LGBTQ people,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “Cynthia uses her talent and public platform to speak out for equality in this country and around the globe, and in the process, she is changing countless hearts and minds. We are proud to recognize her with the HRC Visibility Award at the 2018 HRC Greater New York Gala.”
In addition to Nixon, Hamilton star Javier Muñoz will be a special guest. He joins MILCK, who will perform her anthem “Quiet,” New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). Audra McDonald will be honored with the HRC National Equality Award, and Diageo will receive the HRC Corporate Equality Award at the 2018 HRC Greater New York Gala on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018.