Cynthia Nixon released a statement to US gay magazine The Advocate clarifying some of her recent remarks about choice and sexuality.

“While I don’t often use the word, the technically precise term for my orientation is bisexual,” she said.

“I believe bisexuality is not a choice, it is a fact. What I have ‘chosen’ is to be in a gay relationship.”

Nixon had come under fire during the past week after a series of interviews in which she described being gay as a choice for her and that she didn’t like the term ‘bisexual’ because “nobody likes the bisexuals”.

“As I said in the Times and will say again here, I do, however, believe that most members of our community — as well as the majority of heterosexuals — cannot and do not choose the gender of the persons with whom they seek to have intimate relationships because, unlike me, they are only attracted to one sex,” she explained.

“Our community is not a monolith, thank goodness, any more than America itself is. I look forward to and will continue to work toward the day when America recognises all of us as full and equal citizens.”

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