|Bill de Blasio|
A star-studded gala Sunday night launched "LGBT for BDB" - Public Advocate Bill de Blasio's effort to grab a chunk of the gay vote from City Council Speaker Christine Quinn.
As the Daily News reported last month, Sex and the City star Sarah Jessica Parker signed on to join the event alongside co-star Cynthia Nixon, a prominent lesbian and big presence in de Blasio's campaign.
De Blasio’s wife Chirlane McCray - who formerly identified as a lesbian and recently opened up about her sexuality in an interview with Essence Magazine - also featured at the glittery event, which was attended by about 300 supporters.. De Blasio wasn't shy about celebrating her lesbian past, praising her courage.
"Sometimes you're gay your whole life," Nixon said in introducing McCray, who has sent out a string of fundraising emails for her husband in recent days. "Then you wake up one day and you're straight."
Nixon herself was straight until her late 30s, when she met Christine Marinoni, an education activist who is now her wife.
De Blasio hopes to gain the support of gay progressives who question whether Quinn, who would be the city’s first openly gay mayor, is liberal enough.