Cynthia Nixon Says 'Being Bisexual is Not a Choice'

Wit star Cynthia Nixon’s comments to the New York Times that, for her, being gay was a choice, have set off a firestorm of controversy. Now, Nixon has given an exclusive statement to The Advocate in an attempt to clarify her statements.
By: Boo Jarchow
January 30 2012 2:16 PM

Wit star Cynthia Nixon’s comments to the New York Times that, for her, being gay was a choice, have set off a firestorm of controversy. Now, Nixon has given an exclusive statement to The Advocate in an attempt to clarify her statements.

“My recent comments in the New York Times were about me and my personal story of being gay,” Nixon wrote in a statement to The Advocate.  “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”

The Sex and the City star raised eyebrows when she told the New York Times in an interview, “I gave a speech recently, an empowerment speech to a gay audience, and it included the line ‘I’ve been straight and I’ve been gay, and gay is better.’ And they tried to get me to change it, because they said it implies that homosexuality can be a choice. And for me, it is a choice.”

Nixon went on to tell the NYT, “I say it doesn’t matter if we flew here or we swam here, it matters that we are here and we are one group and let us stop trying to make a litmus test for who is considered gay and who is not.”

Following the hubbub around Nixon’s comments to the NYT, The Daily Beast interviewed her and asked if she was in fact bisexual, and her statements appeared to get her into more hot water.

“I don’t pull out the “bisexual” word because nobody likes the bisexuals. Everybody likes to dump on the bisexuals.” She also told The Daily Beast of the “B” in LGBT, “We get no respect.”

Nixon clarified her stance on the word bisexual and on what works for her in her statement to The Advocate:

“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.”

Read Nixon’s statement in full on Advocate.com. 

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