According to this article, actress and New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon has announced that her oldest child has come out as transgender.
This kind of announcement is not a surprise from an actress, but I fail to understand the rationale for doing so from a political person, as this belongs more to private life rather than the public one.
This article argues about Nixon's sexuality:
“In terms of sexual orientation I don’t really feel I’ve changed,” she told the Telegraph in 2008. “I don’t feel there was a hidden part of my sexuality that I wasn’t aware of. I’d been with men all my life, and I’d never fallen in love with a woman. But when I did, it didn’t seem so strange. I’m just a woman in love with another woman.”
So, her being a gubernatorial candidate and a (sort of) bisexual already shows a tolerant society. I wonder why the need for such declarations. If her bisexuality does not seem to matter when running for governor position, why the need for further confessions?
Of course, I am interested in the reasons within the political context (political candidate).
Question: Why do some politicians share relatively private information from their family lives?