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Cynthia Nixon courts controversy, debuts bald head

Cynthia Nixon (Craig Blankenhorn)

No. 1: She’s starring in a Broadway play.

No. 2: She said, for her, being gay is a choice.

No. 3: She shaved her head.

Let’s start at the top.

Nixon is currently starring on Broadway in “Wit,” a play about an English professor dying of cancer. In reality, the actress suffered from breast cancer a few years ago.

To promote her latest turn on the stage, Nixon was interviewed by the New York Times magazine. While talking about her current relationship with girlfriend Christine Marinoni, Nixon, who previously was in a relationship with a man, told the Times that, for her, being gay 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.

Nixon was in a long-term relationship with Daniel Mozes, with whom she had two children. After the pair split in 2003, she began dating Marinoni. The couple have a son together.

John Aravosis of AMERICABlog Gay called the interview “incredibly irresponsible,” adding that using the word “choice” was a mistake. In Aravosis’s opinion, Nixon should have used the term “bisexual.”

But in a recent interview with the Daily Beast, Nixon said she avoids using that word: “I don’t pull out the ‘bisexual’ word because nobody likes the bisexuals. Everybody likes to dump on the bisexuals.”

Nixon’s remarks to the Times and the Beast, however, have taken a back seat to her Tuesday appearance on “Live! With Kelly,” where she debuted a completely shaved head. (She went bald for “Wit.”) Welcome back to the public eye, Cynthia!


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