CYNTHIA NIXON’S MESSAGE FOR GAY WOMEN
Cynthia Nixon publicly revealed this week that she successfully underwent treatment for breast cancer last year, and has now been named an ambassador for the world’s largest breast cancer advocacy organization, Susan G. Komen for the Cure. "As the daughter of a breast cancer survivor, knowing my personal risk made me more aware and more empowered when I faced my own diagnosis," Nixon said in a statement.
She told Good Morning America on Tuesday: "I didn’t really want to make it public while I was going through it. I didn’t want paparazzi at the hospital, that kind of thing." She also talked about how the news affected her partner, Christine Marinoni. "My girlfriend was very scared," she said. "She was in a panic. She was just trying to calm herself down any way she could."
As an ambassador for the organization, Nixon will appear in a series of TV and radio public service announcements to educate people on the disease, including a promo she recorded specifically for gay women discussing the fact that "we tend to visit the gynecologist less often than straight women do," so we’re at higher risk of not detecting breast cancer early enough.
I’m afraid Cynthia has a point, and I’m guessing I’m not the only AfterEllen.com member willing to admit that. Between her and Melissa Etheridge — and June Jordan, Audre Lorde and Susan Sontag — I’m starting to think maybe I’ll finally keep my next OB-GYN appointment instead of coming up with an excuse to reschedule.
But back to Cynthia: Is it just me, or does this woman pretty much do everything with class? If we only we had a few more Cynthias in the entertainment world and fewer Lindsays and Britneys …
IN MEMORY OF MAHINARANGI TOCKER
AE reader Jackqui wrote in to tell us that very much-loved lesbian Maori singer-songwriter Mahinarangi Tocker has passed away. The death of the 52-year-old New Zealander from an asthma attack was marked with a minute of silence in Parliament.
Earlier this year, Tocker became a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her considerable musical accomplishments. Read more about her legacy on GayNZ.com, and this tribute to her by a lesbian fan.