Cynthia Nixon's 'Unqualified Lesbian' Campaign Merch Is Iconic

It's the new 'Nasty Woman.'

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Proving that Cynthia Nixon doesn't give up easily, you can now buy new merchandise to support her campaign that features the hilarious slogan, "Unqualified Lesbian."

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In an interview with The Post (opens in new tab), former City Council speaker Christine Quinn defended Andrew Cuomo, and said of Nixon's run for governor (opens in new tab), "Cynthia Nixon was opposed to having a qualified lesbian become mayor of New York City. Now she wants an unqualified lesbian to be the governor of New York. You have to be qualified and have experience."

But rather than taking this as the insult it was intended to be, Nixon has spun the offensive phrase into a positive. Much in the same way that "Nasty Woman" was co-opted by feminists and Clinton supporters everywhere, "Unqualified Lesbian" is fast becoming Nixon's calling card.

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For now, Nixon's campaign is selling buttons with the phrase on, but the internet has already suggested that she needs to start making t-shirts. Clearly, there's a market for them, and Quinn's phrase has struck a chord with people everywhere. The blue and white buttons are available for $5 (opens in new tab) each.

The former Sex and the City star announced that she was running for governor of New York earlier in March, when she posted an emotive campaign video. Of her run, Nixon said (opens in new tab):

Nixon has already responded to Quinn's remarks, at her campaign launch (opens in new tab), by saying, "Welcome, unqualified lesbians. And qualified ones, too."

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Amy Mackelden

Amy Mackelden is a freelance writer, editor, and disability activist. Her bylines include Harper's BAZAAR, Nicki Swift, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, ELLE, The Independent, Bustle, Healthline, and HelloGiggles. She co-edited The Emma Press Anthology of Illness, and previously spent all of her money on Kylie Cosmetics.