“It was like, ‘I’ve fallen in love with different people in my life and they’ve all been men before. Now, this is a woman and she’s great.'”
The 54-year-old star identifies as queer because she doesn’t think other terms for her sexuality sound “right.”
She told Attitude magazine: “I could call myself a lesbian, gay, bisexual. But none of them seem particularly right.
“Saying ‘queer’ means: ‘I’m there, I don’t have to go into the nuances of my sexuality with you’
“So I feel like ‘queer’ is an umbrella term, and it includes my ex straight self as well.”
Cynthia – whose eldest son, Samuel, is transgender – believes the LGBTQ community needs to unite on certain issues as they are concerned about a “split” on particular topics.
He said: “I feel there are some issues that the right is grasping over and over.
“They won’t let abortion go. They seem to have dropped a lot of the anti-gay rhetoric and anti-gay actions, but because they’ve accepted homosexuality, they’ve focused on trans people and immigrants. And people of color.
“It’s a very special thing, as much as they are [the right] try to separate us as a community.
“But [after same-sex marriage was legalised] we also saw a great divide in our community, among those who thought: ‘I have my wedding ring, I can transfer my money to my wife and I don’t pay taxes, so I’m fine, I’m done’, instead of “we have so far to do for so many members of our community, we are still so far from the promised land, we are so far from having our full civil rights “.
“Trans people are a case in point, but also young queer people of all walks of life who still are, have been thrown out of their homes and live on the streets, many engaged in sex work to survive.”