Cynthia Nixon declared last week in a controversial New York Times interview that for her, being gay "is a choice," but the "Sex and the City" star is now rectifying those remarks in response to public outcry from lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) activists.
The actress, who is currently earning raves for her Broadway turn as a cancer patient in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play "Wit," released a statement about the interview to The Advocate. "My recent comments in The New York Times were about me and my personal story of being gay," she said. "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."
She went on to note:
"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."