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Cynthia Nixon Says She Chose To Be Gay! Oops! Controversy!

I didn't choose it, though I do remember a pubescent period where I felt it could probably have gone either way.

But after gamely trying to get turned on by photos of women (even women who looked a bit like guys), I realized I could just as easily pretend to be the Queen of Roumania.

I was definitely "that way."

But Cynthia Nixon chose it, and she's not gonna eat her words.

The actress -- currently starring on Broadway in Wit -- told the Times:

"For me, it is a choice.

"It doesn't mater 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."

Do you choose to agree with her?

Gay blogger John Aravosis doesn't. In fact, he's pissed.

He writes:

"It's only a choice among flavors I already like. And if you like both flavors, men and women, you're bisexual, you're not gay, so please don't tell people that you are gay, and that gay people can 'choose' their sexual orientation, i.e., will it out of nowhere. Because they can't.

"And when you tell the NYT they can, you do tremendous damage to our civil rights effort. Every religious right hatemonger is now going to quote this woman every single time they want to deny us our civil rights. Thanks ...

"[W]hen you say things like this, using incendiary buzzwords that don't really mean what you're trying to say -- when you try to define the rest of us by your incredibly poorly chosen, and incorrect, words -- you hurt us all. This was an incredibly irresponsible interview ..."

Thanks to Rex Wockner for the research.

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