Cynthia Nixon stirred the human rights pot recently with controversial comments that suggested being gay is a choice. She later backtracked, saying that for her, at least, it is. She’s back for a third round of clarification.
“While I don’t often use the word, the technically precise term for my orientation is bisexual,” she said in a recent statement. “I believe bisexuality is not a choice, it is a fact. What I have ‘chosen’ is to be in a gay relationship.”
She said that her original comments were meant to shed light on her own story of becoming a homosexual, despite giving her original speech to a completely gay audience; a speech that was intended to be something of a rallying cry in defense of gay rights. According to Nixon, since homosexuals come into the gay community in a variety of different ways, “we can’t and shouldn’t be pigeon-holed into one cultural narrative which can be uninclusive and disempowering.” Additionally, she clarifies that most members of the gay community, “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.”
Does this finally clear the air surrounding her initial comments? Has she done enough damage control… or gotten enough press off this? Methinks all this back-tracking shows that maybe Nixon is a little more confused about her sexuality than she originally thought!
How many times does it take you to get your story straight?