Celebrated actress and activist to be honored with concert and inaugural award

Yale’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community will honor award-winning actress Cynthia Nixon for her activism for LGBT rights and marriage with a concert and an inaugural award on Friday, Feb. 8.

The concert, featuring the Yale Whiffenpoofs and other Yale choral groups, will take place at 8:30 p.m. at Woolsey Hall, corner of College and Grove streets. The inaugural Artists for Equality Award will be presented to Nixon at the concert. The award will be given annually to artists distinguished in their field who have demonstrated a strong commitment to the LGBT community.

The concert will take place during the weekend of the IvyQ, an undergraduate conference of LGBT student leaders from across the Ivy League, and Yale’s second LGBT Reunion.

Tickets are $10-$50, and are available online. Proceeds from the event will benefit an LGBT charity of Nixon’s choice.

The concert and award are presented by Yale GALA, Yale’s LGBT Alumni Association, and are co-sponsored by LGBT Studies, Yale LGBT Coop, and the Association of Yale Alumni.

Nixon starred as Miranda Hobbes in HBO’s critically acclaimed series “Sex and the City,” a role that garnered her an Emmy Award in 2004 for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, two other Emmy nominations, and four consecutive Golden Globe nominations. Nixon was honored with the 2001 and 2004 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series. She most recently starred as Petranilla in “World Without End,” a miniseries on REELZ channel based on Ken Follett’s novel of the same title. She has also performed on Broadway in the Manhattan Theatre Company’s production of “Wit,” and, in 2011, appeared in the film “Rampart” with Anne Heche and Woody Harrelson, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.

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