Cynthia Nixon, Christine Marinoni, Max Ellington Nixon-Marinon


Cynthia Nixon is backtracking on her controversial "being gay is a choice" interview, which landed her in hot water with the gay community last week.

The Sex and the City alum issued a new statement to the Advocate today after recently telling the New York Times Magazine that, for her, homosexuality "is a choice."

"My recent comments in The New York Times were about me and my personal story of being gay," Nixon 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. 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.

"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 and her partner, Christine Marinoni are parents to 11-month-old Max Ellington.

The couple began dating in 2004, after the newly-cemented Broadway star broke off her long-term relationship with photographer Danny Mozes, with whom she has two children.

Nixon and Marinoni were later engaged in 2009.

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