LGBT Foundation are delighted to announce that our patron and legendary actor Sir Ian McKellen has today joined us at a very special event to launch our newest programme of work — Pride in Ageing. Pride in Ageing will work to end the inequalities faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people over 50 in Greater Manchester and ensure that they have access to inclusive housing and care later in life. The programme will also tackle the social isolation faced by LGBT people over 50 in the UK, which we know is commonplace and has a significant impact on their health, happiness and wellbeing.
A meeting with Sir Ian McKellen appears to have spurred then-Prime Minister John Major into pushing for the lowering of the age of consent between homosexuals. Mr Major met the celebrated actor in September to discuss gay rights — and within three years parliament had voted to drop the consenting age from 21 to In a Foreign Office speech inthe former prime minister, by now Sir John, spoke about the backlash he received for the meeting.
His career spans genres ranging from Shakespearean and modern theatre to popular fantasy and science fiction. The BBC states that his "performances have guaranteed him a place in the canon of English stage and film actors". InMcKellen made his first West End appearance.
His work has spanned genres from William Shakespeare and modern theatre to popular fantasy and science fiction. He was made knighted in for his outstanding work and contributions to the theatre. While McKellen had made his sexuality known to his fellow actors early on in his stage career, it was not until that he came out to the general public, in a programme on BBC Radio 3. McKellen has stated that he was also influenced in his decision by the advice and support of his friends, among them noted gay author Armistead Maupin.
Sir Ian McKellen has added another achievement to his CV in the form of the Freedom of the City of London award, in celebration of his gay rights campaigning. The actor came out when he was 49 during a BBC radio interview and has fought for gay rights ever since. He is one of the founders of campaigning organisation Stonewall and has long supported Pride London.
Please refresh the page and retry. S ir Ian McKellen was looking for love in Shanghai when he posed with a handwritten advert at a 'marriage market'. The actor held a piece of paper up to the camera, which read: "Ian.
Ian McKellen is a legendary actor and stage performer who is best known for playing Magneto in the X-Men movie series and Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings movies series. The Golden Globe Award-winning actor, who has received every major award in the UK for theatre, was in appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire for his contributions to the performing arts. A few years later inhe was knighted by the Queen for the same reasons and byhe received the Distinguished Companion of Honour recognition for his services to not just drama but also to equality due to his gay rights activism.
Life at last begins to make sense when you are open and honest. Life at last begins to make sense, when you are open and honest. Sir Ian has spoken about his experiences in coming out on several occasions. A bit late in the day, but it remains the best thing I ever did.
Here's a list of the top 8 times our hero championed our cause:. Section 28 of the Local Government Act now defunct had just been passed, prohibiting local authorities from "promoting" homosexuality or gay "pretended family relationships. McKellen said this spurred his decision to bring his sexuality into the open, propelling him into a successful mainstream career.