Cynthia Nixon, the American actress best known for playing Miranda Hobbs in the HBO series Sex and the City, has stirred up controversy by suggesting she is gay by choice. During an interview in Sunday's New York Times magazine (January 22, 2012), Nixon claimed she actively chose to be homosexual.
During the interview, used to promote her new Broadway play, the actress claims she gave a speech recently to a gay audience and intended to include the line, "I've been straight and I've been gay, and gay is better". When asked to change the line by the event's organisers, Nixon refused and claimed she had indeed made the decision to be gay. In her interview with the Times, the actress said, "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". When pushed to elaborate on how she had chosen to become homosexual, Cynthia explained, "Why can't it be a choice? Why is that any less legitimate?". Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton was far from impressed with the way Nixon defined her sexuality, while gay blogger John Aravosis said, "What she means is that she's bisexual, and doesn't quite get that most people aren't able to have sexual romantic relationships with both men and women because they're just not into both genders. She is into both genders. And that's fine. But she needs to learn how to choose her words better".
Nixon plays a renowned poetry professor battling terminal cancer in the latest adaptation of Margaret Edson's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama 'Wit', currently previewing at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre in New York.