Following the global furore over her recent comments, Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon has acknowledged that she is indeed bisexual and that this “is not a choice”.
In a statement to The Advocate, the American actress said that she wanted to clarify her controversial claims that her sexual orientation was a choice, which she had earlier stated in an interview with The New York Times.
Many LGBT activists, who have long argued that being gay or lesbian is not a choice, were outraged by Nixon’s comments.
She also previously refused to describe herself as bisexual, saying that “nobody likes the bisexuals. Everybody likes to dump on the bisexuals”.
In 2004, the American actress ended her 15 year relationship with English professor Danny Mozes and become romantically involved with education activist Christine Marinoni. The women, who are engaged, are raising three children.
Below is Nixon’s full statement.
“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.”