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Cynthia Nixon Straightens Out Controversial Gay by Choice Remarks

January 31, 2012, 3:18 am GMT

In her attempt to clarify the statement she made in the New York Times Magazine interview, the 'Sex and the City' star calls herself bisexual and adds, 'bisexuality is not a choice, it is a fact.'

Cynthia Nixon

Cynthia Nixon offended many members of the LGBT community when she said in a New York Times Magazine interview that being gay is a choice. In an attempt to clear out the controversy, the "Too Big to Fail" actress released a new statement in which she declares that bisexual is a fact.

"My recent comments in The New York Times were about me and my personal story of being gay," the 45-year-old told the Advocate. "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," the two-time Emmy Award winner further stated. "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."

The Miranda Hobbes of "Sex and the City" concluded by saying, "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 landed in hot water after telling the Times, "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."

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