It's not actress Cynthia Nixon's shocking new haircut for her role as an ovarian cancer patient in the upcoming Broadway play Wit that's making headlines this week — it's her claim that being gay, at least in her case, was a choice just like any other.
“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,'" she tells The New York Times.
"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."
In an interview with The Daily Beast, Cynthia eschews the word “bisexual,” even though she admits she's been in love with both men and women.
"I just don’t like to pull out that word. But I do completely feel that when I was in relationships with men, I was in love and in lust with those men. And then I met [girlfriend Christine Marinoni] and I fell in love and lust with her."
Now, the Sex and the City star is facing a whole lot of backlash, not only from LGBT activists, but also from fellow Hollywood celebrities like Iron Chef’s Cat Cora.
"I'm gay, and I was born this way," Cat said yesterday on The Talk. "I really feel like it was dangerous and irresponsible of Cynthia, especially in this environment today when so many young people are taking their lives."
Cat's main issue with Cynthia's statement is how it will affect youth who are struggling with self-acceptance, as she knows first hand the difficulties associated with coming out.
"For someone to say, ‘It's a choice, you can be this way or that way,' I think it's dangerous and I ask Cynthia to please, reach out to the community and say — to all the people who do hate themselves right now, all the young kids who are impressionable — to say, ‘You're OK, take it one day at a time, it gets better.'"