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Jeffrey Slonim
April 08, 2008 08:50 AM

The stars of Sex and the City: The Movie squealed happily as they reunited on the red carpet Monday night at a Point Foundation benefit in New York City.

Getting all four actresses in one place is “very rare,” Sarah Jessica Parker, wearing a silvery dress and shoes by Yves St. Laurent, told PEOPLE. “On the set, we eventually got used to seeing each other, so we didn’t scream as much.”

Meanwhile the reunion was going straight to Kim Cattrall’s head. “It’s like champagne,” she said of seeing all her fellow costars. “It’s intoxicating. My heart flutters a little bit.”

So what brought them all out? Parker, Cattrall and Kristin Davis were there to cheer on Cynthia Nixon, who was being honored with a Point Courage Award. (The organization offers scholarships to gay, lesbian and transgender youths.)

“Its nice [when] … someone thinks that the way you’re living is nice enough that you should receive an award for it,” Nixon, who attended the event with her partner Christine Marinoni, told PEOPLE. (As for her slim physique, Nixon said she dropped pounds for the movie, thanks in part to Gyrotronics.)

“The way she lives her life is good work,” added Parker, who was also on hand to present the Point Inspiration Award to Time Warner. “She leads by example.”

In presenting the award, Point Foundation scholarship recipient Tyler Dillard – who was shunned by his own family when he came out – said he had faith “because of people like Cynthia Nixon … who live their lives open.”

The Calvin Klein-clad actress accepted the award with humility and grace. “When you’re a young gay person, you yearn for nothing so much as the presence of other gay people,” she said, “most especially, an older generation of gay people who can encourage and inspire you.”

That being said, Nixon – who had two children with her longtime boyfriend Danny Mozes before their 2003 split – acknowledged that she was not an out teenager. “That is part of what I look back on now as … my straight period,” she said.

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