Cynthia Nixon

Sex and the City actress Cynthia Nixon says she chose to be gay.

"For me, it is a choice," Nixon is quoted as saying in a New York Times magazine profile. "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 45-year-old actress is engaged to long-time partner Christine Marinoni, who gave birth to their son Max last year. Prior to their relationship, Nixon, who is currently sporting a bald head for a Broadway role, was in a 15-year relationship with Danny Mozes, with whom she has two children.

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Several members of the gay and lesbian community are speaking out against Nixon's insinuation that homosexuals can choose to change their sexual orientation. Gay blogger and activist John Aravosis, in particular, stressed that Nixon should realize she's bisexual. "She needs to learn how to choose her words better, because she just fell into a right-wing trap, willingly," he wrote on AMERICAblog. "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."

Celebrity chef Cat Cora also spoke out publically against Nixon. "I'm gay, and I was born this way," she told the ladies of 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."

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