Cynthia Nixon Clears It All Up
Poor Cynthia Nixon! I can only imagine what kind of re-education camp she's been sent to since a week and a half ago, when she declared that she chooses to be gay. Yesterday, she issued a clarifying statement saying that:
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.
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.
It's worth reading the full statement. It struck me as slightly cranky in tone, as if written with some resentment that she would have to repeat what she said in still clearer and technical terms. I suspect that many in the LGBT leadership have "reached out" to her, asking her to "clarify" what she said in her New York Times Magazine interview and Daily Beast piece. She was clear before: Not everyone chose, but she did. But now she's grumpily acknowledged that someone could call her bisexual for having had attractions to both women and men. And she has also staked her claim to the "gay" world, insisting that this is where she intends to live.
And let me say again, Cynthia, however you got here, welcome home.
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