For a stint in Hollywood, gay was the thing to be. At one time everyone “chose” to be gay or celebrate his or her sexuality. The debate on whether people are born gay or choose to be gay is a prominent conversation everyone is having. This nature versus nurture argument has been debated in the LGBT movement for decades.
Sex and the City star, Cynthia Nixon recently sat down with the New York Times about life after Sex and the City, struggles in Hollywood and her sexuality. In the recent interview with the New York Times, Nixon mentions her journey in finding her sexuality. She alludes to the fact that for her being gay was a choice.
“I totally reject that,” she said heatedly. “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.”
Hearing much outcry about her experience, Nixon exclaimed:
“I am very annoyed about this issue. 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.”
The remarks caused a stir in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community inundating the blogs and media. Nixon also mentioned to magazine that she was pressured to change what she said because they said it implies that homosexuality can be a choice.
Before her relationship with her partner Christine Marinoni, Nixon was in a 15-year relationship with college sweetheart Danny Mozes. Nixon and Mozes, who split in 2003, have two children together. Everyone’s favorite best friend, Miranda even went further to clarify her remarks she made during that speech, “I’ve been straight and I’ve been gay, and gay is better.”
Do you think being gay is a choice or are people born that way?