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Cynthia Nixon

Cynthia Nixon Says That Homosexuality Is A Choice

A photo of Cynthia Nixon

Man oh man, you guys. Normally I wouldn’t really think to tell you guys about what Cynthia Nixon is up to these days, because, come on, it’s not like it’s 2002 and everyone is creaming herself (or himself, let’s be fair) over Sex and the City. Just in case you’re curious though, Cynthia Nixon is currently preparing to star in a run of that wonderful, touching play Wit, which opens on Broadway this week. She’s also making some pretty controversial statements about her sexuality, which is what I want to focus on right now. Don’t get me wrong, I would love to go on and on about Wit, but we’re talking celebrity gossip here, not theatre. No, we can talk about theatre in the comments (hint).

Anyway, here’s some background about Cynthia Nixon. She was with a man named Danny Mozes for fifteen years. The couple had two children together before they broke up in 2003. Then, in 2004, she began dating a woman named Christina Marinoni. Those two are still together, they’re engaged, and they have a son together. Got it?

Ok, now let’s talk about this interview that Cynthia just did with the New York Times. Among other things, Cynthia commented on homosexuality, which she considers to be a choice in some cases. Here’s what she had to say about the reaction her relatonship has gotten from some people who “find her midlife switch in sexual orientation disingenuous,” ready?

“I totally reject that,” she said heatedly. “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.’ 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. 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. A certain section of our community is very concerned that it not be seen as a choice, because if it’s a choice, then we could opt out. I say it doesn’t matter 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.” Her face was red and her arms were waving. “As you can tell,” she said, “I am very annoyed about this issue. Why can’t it be a choice? Why is that any less legitimate? It seems we’re just ceding this point to bigots who are demanding it, and I don’t think that they should define the terms of the debate. I also feel like people think I was walking around in a cloud and didn’t realize I was gay, which I find really offensive. I find it offensive to me, but I also find it offensive to all the men I’ve been out with.”

What do you guys think about all this?  Is homosexuality ever a choice, and is Cynthia hurting more than helping by suggesting that it is?

The Sex and the City 2 Premiere: Dresses, Drag Queens and Douches, Oh My!

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So, the SATC premiere was last night in New York City. I didn’t go ’cause I was too busy watching the series finale of 24, but made sure I caught up with the SATC ladies this morning, paying homage to the mostly-fabulous dresses. And damn, some of those dresses — like, really. But then again, what else would you expect from a movie that’s so heavily-rooted in fashion?

I’m probably going to have to go and admit that Carrie Sarah Jessica Parker was probably the best dressed of the night. There’s just something so viscerally pleasing about chartreuse with grey heels. Stellar. And the night, naturally, was just filled with fashion cameos — Bo Derek showed up looking like … well, looking like she was going to clean a yacht rather than attend a big-name movie premiere. And then there was Petra Nemacova, who looked all of twelve years old, and Michelle Trachtenberg, who appeared rather pissed off that she looked like sausage in torn casing in her dress.

While I thoroughly expected Kim Catrall to look the best of all of the SATC ladies, she totally looked the worst — definitely more like 60 year-old drag-queen that forgot his Spanx at home than the hot, hot woman I’ve come to love since her plastic part on Mannequin.

Oh, and Jennifer Love Hewitt … I totally think you’re an asshat, but you looked pretty damn great last night, I can’t deny.

Check out the photos in the gallery from last night’s events and after party.

Cynthia Nixon Engaged!!!!

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I am issuing a restrained congratulations to Cynthia Nixon, who announced her engagement to her girlfriend, Christine Marinoni, over the weekend while campaigning for same-sex marriage in New York. The congratulations is restrained because, although I am very excited for the happy couple and very much believe that any consenting adult should have the right to marry any other consenting adult, I don’t understand why anyone would want to marry a consenting adult who looks like a 12-year-old boy from an Adam Sandler film. But, hey, to each his own, right?

Congrats to Cynthia and Christine! I very much hope you two have the opportunity to wed in New York in the near future.

This got me thinking. Two of my friends here in Seattle got married over the weekend in New York City. They got back last night and showed me the photos today. It was a gorgeous and private wedding in Central Park, complete with a romantic carriage ride. They both came back glowing. They’ve been a couple for five years, they complement each other perfectly, they respect and honor and care for one another, and one of them is black and the other is white. In 1948, New York would have been one of a handful of U.S. states in which they could have been legally married. It was 1967 before all U.S. states allowed interracial marriage. When we look back on that today, it seems insane and ancient that we would have laws prohibiting a beautiful, loving couple like my friends from getting married. It is my hope that, to my children, bans on same-sex marriage will seem equally distant and silly.