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Cynthia Nixon says she was born straight

Wed 25 Jan 2012 In: International News

Cynthia Nixon Sex in the City star Cynthia Nixon has insisted she chose to be gay and is offended when people suggest she was born a lesbian, but just didn't realise till later in life. The actress star came out in 2004 and is engaged to long-term partner Christine Marinoni. "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," Cynthia was quoted by celebrity blogger Perez Hilton. "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." Cynthia claims she wasn't born straight, but that this doesn't make her sexuality any less real. "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," she said. "I also feel like people think I was walking around in a cloud and didn't realise 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."    

Credit: Daily News staff

First published: Wednesday, 25th January 2012 - 10:05am

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