American actress Cynthia Nixon has made a public statement to
U.S. gay publication Advocate saying that she is bisexual and that
it is not a choice.
The statement comes after Nixon - who played Miranda Hobbes in
HBO's Sex and the City - came under fierce criticism from members
of the LGBT community after claiming that her sexuality, which she
refused to define, was a choice.
The 45 year-old performer made the comment during a speech for gay
But now, Nixon, who is engaged to her long-term partner Christine
Marinoni, has u-turned on her views.
Speaking to The Daily Beast, Nixon recently confirmed that she is
- in fact - bisexual, but has been reticent to label her sexuality
because "everybody likes to dump on the bisexuals."
She later elaborated on her announcement with what Advocate.com
describe as "a carefully thought-out statement,".
It reads: "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
"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