Cynthia Nixon clarifies 'gay choice' comment: 'It's my personal story'
Published Jan 31 2012, 05:43 GMT | By Jennifer Still Cynthia Nixon
has clarified recent comments she made claiming that she is gay by choice.
The Sex and the City
star drew criticism earlier this month when she told The New York Times that she decided to be a lesbian
and defended her remarks as "legitimate" within the gay community.
Cynthia Nixon with a shaved head for Broadway play
However, Nixon has since clarified her comments and released a new statement to The Advocate
, insisting that she did not mean to offend anyone.
"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," she explained.
"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.
Nixon continued: "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."
Nixon is currently starring in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Wit on Broadway
and recently shaved off her hair
for the role.