Cynthia Nixon: ‘Gay is better’Entertainment News Thursday, February 2nd, 2012
Sex and the City star, Cynthia Nixon has sparked controversy among gay activists by describing her lesbianism as “a choice.”
In an interview with the New York Times, Nixon said, “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. 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. A certain section of our community is very concerned that it not be seen as a choice, because if it’s a choice, then we could opt out. 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.”
During the interview Nixon acknowledges the potential contentiousness of using the word “choice” but stresses that she is talking about her sexuality not homosexuality in general. The resulting controversy has angered Nixon.
“I am very annoyed about this issue. Why can’t it be a choice? Why is that any less legitimate? It seems we’re just ceding this point to bigots who are demanding it, and I don’t think that they should define the terms of the debate. I also feel like people think I was walking around in a cloud and didn’t realize I was gay, which I find really offensive,” said Nixon.
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