Former “Sex and the City” star Cynthia Nixon wants to make it clear that she doesn’t think being gay is a choice, an impression that many had after she was quoted in a New York Times magazine article.
“I’ve been straight and I’ve been gay, and gay is better,” she says in the Times Magazine interview. “I understand that for many people it’s not, but for me it’s a choice, and you don’t get to define my gayness for me.”
But, in a new statement to The Advocate, Nixon says that she was talking about her own personal journey to labeling her sexuality and that what she meant was that she — as a bisexual — has chosen to be in a gay relationship.
What do you think, zappers? Is she just trying to save face?
Read the full statement below:
“My recent comments in The New York Times were about me and my personal story of being gay. I believe we all have different ways we came to the gay community and we can’t and shouldn’t be pigeon-holed into one cultural narrative which can be uninclusive and disempowering. However, to the extent that anyone wishes to interpret my words in a strictly legal context I would like to clarify:
“While I don’t often use the word, the technically precise term for my orientation is bisexual. I believe bisexuality is not a choice, it is a fact. What I have ‘chosen’ is to be in a gay relationship.
“As I said in the Times and will say again here, I do, however, believe that most members of our community — as well as the majority of heterosexuals — cannot and do not choose the gender of the persons with whom they seek to have intimate relationships because, unlike me, they are only attracted to one sex.
“Our community is not a monolith, thank goodness, any more than America itself is. I look forward to and will continue to work toward the day when America recognizes all of us as full and equal citizens.”