Cynthia Nixon Releases Statement: I’m Bisexual, Which “Is Not A Choice”
In the wake of continuing controversy, Cynthia Nixon has released a statement to clear up what she meant when she said that she had chosen her sexuality. The Sex and the City star, who spent 15 years with the father of her first two kids (Danny Mozes) and is now engaged to a woman (Christine Marinoni), said in a recent New York Times profile that her decision to become romantic with women was “a choice.”
Her comments did not go over well with many gay rights organizations, which said Nixon’s words undermined the characterization of homosexuality as an inherent genetic trait. Now, the actress is clarifying what she means to say, declaring that she is “bisexual,” which she believes is “not a choice, it is a fact.”
“What I have ‘chosen’ is to be in a gay relationship,” says Nixon.
Her full statement, from The Advocate, is 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.”
What do you think of what Nixon has to say?