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Cynthia Nixon's 'choice' remarks to New York Times land her in hot water with some gay activists

Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon, who came out as a lesbian in 2004, has caused a controversy by telling The New York Times that for her, being a lesbian is a choice:

“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. 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.”

Some gay activists are upset with Nixon's "choice" comments could cause a political backlash.

"She needs to learn how to choose her words better, because she just fell into a right-wing trap, willingly.  When the religious right says it's a choice, they mean you quite literally choose your sexual orientation, you can change it at will, and that's bull," writes John Aravosis of AMERICAblog.

What do you think?

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Let's see . . . a gay activist who is fighting to have his true, legitimate self acknowledged and accepted as authentic is criticizing Nixon for declaring her true, authentic self and expecting it to be accepted. Hmmmmmm . . .

Most lesbian women are homosexual from birth and know they are. Some lesbian women have chosen to be lesbian. Both are a fact, and both women are living their true, authentic self. The existance of both doesn't make either less authentic, legitimate, or deserving of respect. Thank you, Cynthia, for declaring your truth and rejecting the political sex police.

Admitting that for some people their sexual preference can be a choice is the next step to true liberation. Catch up, John Aravosis of AMERICAblog. Same-sex relationships will only be truly accepted when one has the freedom to choose those relationships regardless of how they were born.

I love it. I love her. (Yeah, I have even made love to 'lesbians' in the past) I am BI and get more pissed at gays who say I am 'confused' than the ignorant str8s to say I am a sinner. Good for her for telling it like it is. I was happily heterosexual until I found myself in the sexual revolution in the '70s in New Orleans where it was acceptable to do other men. I have made love to men and women and gay ppl are often just as clueless about my CHOICES as are str8 ppl.

great info,

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