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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Cynthia Nixon gay choice

Cynthia Nixon gay choice

Cynthia Nixon gay choice - Cynthia Nixon chose to be gay, "Sex and the City" star Cynthia Nixon, who came out in 2004, is drawing controversy for a speech in which she said being gay, for her, is a choice. Nixon, who has a son with partner Christine Marinoni, is promoting her return to Broadway.

Sex in the City star Cynthia Nixon has raised some eyebrows lately for her comments concerning her own homosexuality. Nixon came out as a lesbian in 2004. She has never apologized for being gay nor felt the need to explain herself, but recently she decided to tell the New York Times that being gay is a choice.
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. 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. I find it offensive to me, but I also find it offensive to all the men I’ve been out with.”
The interview was just recently published, but she has already come under attack from some gay activists. The activists claim that to call being gay a choice is too insinuate that they could easily choose to be straight which is a common belief among those who would deny gays equal rights.

John Aravosis, a blogger with America Blog slammed Nixon for the way in which she said that being gay was a choice. He said,

“It’s not a ‘choice,’ unless you consider my opting to date a guy with brown hair versus a guy with blonde hair a ‘choice,’” he writes. “It’s only a choice among flavors I already like… every religious right hatemonger is now going to quote this woman every single time they want to deny us our civil rights.”

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