January 25th, 2012
04:30 PM ET
Cynthia Nixon's sexuality has become quite the hot topic.
In an interview with the New York Times magazine about her role in the Broadway revival of "Wit," Nixon recalled giving an "empowerment speech" to a gay audience in which she said, "I've been straight and I've been gay, and gay is better."
(The 45-year-old actress is currently set to wed partner Christine Marinoni, who gave birth to the couple's son close to a year ago. The two are also raising Nixon's two children from her previous relationship with Danny Mozes.)
Although Nixon says some tried to convince her to change the statement because it implies that being gay is a choice, the former "Sex and the City" star says that's precisely her point. "For me, it is a choice," she told the NYT. "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."
The remark has received criticism from some in the LGBT community, and Nixon seems to explain to the Daily Beast that if she had to label herself, she'd call herself bisexual - but she wouldn't, because she doesn't like that word.
"I don't pull out the bisexual word because nobody likes the bisexuals," she says. "Everyone likes to dump on the bisexuals...I just don't like to pull out that word. But I do feel that when I was in relationships with men, I was in love and lust with those men. And then I met Christine and I fell in love and lust with her. I am completely the same person and I was not walking around in any sort of fog. I just responded to the people in front of me the way I truly felt."
Nixon acknowledges that she understands why, "for political reasons...some people want to kind of squelch this idea that being gay might be a choice...But I don't feel the need to cede the definition of what a gay person is to the bigots. They don't get to define who I am."
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