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January 23, 2015

'There was never a moment where I made an intellectual choice that I would be a supporter of gay civil rights'

Patrick Stewart, who plays a bisexual Juilliard dance teacher in the new film Match, was misidentified as a gay man by a British newspaper last year.

While some straight men might go into a bit of a panic over such a thing, Stewart insists he was 'utterly flattered' and told close friend Ian McKellen 'this is a very distinctive honor that I’ve been awarded.'

It's no surprise Stewart would be so enthusiastic about it all since he has long been a staunch supporter of equality for gays and lesbians.

January 16, 2015

They're defo BFFs

Actors Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen are totally BFFs, but even we were surprised to hear that they talk about everything - and we mean everything.

The Star Trek actor has revealed that his X-Men co-star has given him advice to handle problems down below.

'We did two plays in Broadway last Winter and one of them was No Man's Land and the play began with us two standing alone on stage,' Stewart said on The Talk.

January 16, 2015

They're defo BFFs

Actors Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen are totally BFFs, but even we were surprised to hear that they talk about everything - and we mean everything.

The Star Trek actor has revealed that his X-Men co-star has given him advice to handle problems down below.

'We did two plays in Broadway last Winter and one of them was No Man's Land and the play began with us two standing alone on stage,' Stewart said on The Talk.

January 16, 2015

Ian McKellen is also named as a patron of the Peter Tatchell Foundation

Celebrities such as gay host Paul O'Grady and Absolutely Fabulous' Joanna Lumley have been named as patrons of a gay and human rights founsation.

The two British names have been joined by nine others from politics, TV, film and music to become patrons of the Peter Tatchell Foundation.

Helena Kennedy QC, Green Party's Caroline Lucas, Lords Waheed All and Michael Cashman as well as Baroness Barker have become patrons.

January 12, 2015

Matt Bomer, Neil Patrick Harris, Jodie Foster also get Dorian Award nods - George Takei to get 'Timeless' award

The morning after the Golden Globe Awards were held, many of the night's winners and nominees nabbed Dorian Award nods.

The Gay and Lesbian Critics Association gave a leading five nominations to the film Birdman which was a surprising loser to The Grand Budapest Hotel at the Globes.

Also earning five nominations was the Amazon series Transparent which won Globes for TV comedy and best actor in a comedy (Jeffrey Tambor).

December 30, 2014

The knighted British actor has spoken about the gay-themed sitcom, the ratings success of comedy-drama Last Tango in Halifax, and suffering a crippling injury whilst on holiday with his partner

In an interview with the Radio Times, Britain’s Sir Derek Jacobi has said that the sitcom in which he stars with Sir Ian McKellen, Vicious, demonstrates that society has come, ‘a long way from when I was young and things were very bad indeed for gay people.’

In the show, which premiered in 2013 and has been commissioned for a second series in 2015, the actors play a bickering gay couple who have been with one another for 48 years.

December 30, 2014

The knighted British actor has spoken about the gay-themed sitcom, the ratings success of comedy-drama Last Tango in Halifax, and suffering a crippling injury whilst on holiday with his partner

In an interview with the Radio Times, Britain’s Sir Derek Jacobi has said that the sitcom in which he stars with Sir Ian McKellen, Vicious, demonstrates that society has come, ‘a long way from when I was young and things were very bad indeed for gay people.’

In the show, which premiered in 2013 and has been commissioned for a second series in 2015, the actors play a bickering gay couple who have been with one another for 48 years.

December 6, 2014

The legendary actor and the pop star cuddle up together on the Graham Norton Show

Before Sir Ian McKellen hugged One Direction star Harry Styles, he had a bone to pick with him.

The 20-year-old pop star and his four band mates had promised to see the legendary UK actor on set in New Zealand.

McKellen was finishing up filming Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit in New Zealand when he attended a One Direction concert.

However, the five boys didn’t keep their promise to visit the actor, most famous for playing Gandalf in the Lords of the Rings films, on set the next day.

December 6, 2014

The legendary actor and the pop star cuddle up together on the Graham Norton Show

Before Sir Ian McKellen hugged One Direction star Harry Styles, he had a bone to pick with him.

The 20-year-old pop star and his four band mates had promised to see the legendary UK actor on set in New Zealand.

McKellen was finishing up filming Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit in New Zealand when he attended a One Direction concert.

However, the five boys didn’t keep their promise to visit the actor, most famous for playing Gandalf in the Lords of the Rings films, on set the next day.

November 19, 2014

'I spent a great deal of my life pretending to be someone else'

Actor Richard Chamberlain was nearly 70 when in 2003 he publicly acknowledged that he was gay.

By that time, he had been a major star for more than four decades and the leading man in the classic TV miniseries The Thorn Birds and Shogun as well as the hit 60s television series Dr. Kildare.

Now 80, Chamberlain says he has no regrets over his decision to stay in the closet.

November 6, 2014

Read the full list of winners as Britain celebrates the best of its LGBTI community

Pride – the movie about gays supporting the miners during the 1984 strike – lesbian author Sarah Waters and politician Michael Cashman have become Stonewall Award winners.

Cashman, was honored alongside his partner Paul Cottingham who died recently and whose funeral is in East London tomorrow.

His award was presented by the leader of the UK Labour party, Ed Miliband.

November 5, 2014

YOU SHALL NOT PASS!

Legendary gay actor Sir Ian McKellen has some words of advice for students.

Well, at least one of his most famous characters does.

Speaking at Oxford University, he was saying what would happen to the students if they didn't revise for their exams.

'You shall not pass!'

A quote from McKellen's character Gandalf in the first Lord of the Rings film, he says it in the original as he battles a Balrog.

McKellen recently paid tribute to Pride in the UK and around the world in an exclusive interview with Gay Star News.

November 5, 2014

YOU SHALL NOT PASS!

Legendary gay actor Sir Ian McKellen has some words of advice for students.

Well, at least one of his most famous characters does.

Speaking at Oxford University, he was saying what would happen to the students if they didn't revise for their exams.

'You shall not pass!'

A quote from McKellen's character Gandalf in the first Lord of the Rings film, he says it in the original as he battles a Balrog.

McKellen recently paid tribute to Pride in the UK and around the world in an exclusive interview with Gay Star News.

October 31, 2014

Legendary actor awarded accolade for his work in promoting LGBTI rights

Sir Ian McKellen has been given the Freedom of the City of London.

The gay Shakespearean actor, known for his roles in Lord Of The Rings and X Men, received the award at Guildhall.

While largely ceremonial these days, it does come with some 'symbolic privileges' such as being allowed to drive sheep and cattle over London Bridge. (This technically no longer applies, but has been done periodically in recent years). 

One of the founders of campaigning group Stonewall UK, he also supports Pride London and The Albert Kennedy Trust.

October 31, 2014

Legendary actor awarded accolade for his work in promoting LGBTI rights

Sir Ian McKellen has been given the Freedom of the City of London.

The gay Shakespearean actor, known for his roles in Lord Of The Rings and X Men, received the award at Guildhall.

While largely ceremonial these days, it does come with some 'symbolic privileges' such as being allowed to drive sheep and cattle over London Bridge. (This technically no longer applies, but has been done periodically in recent years). 

One of the founders of campaigning group Stonewall UK, he also supports Pride London and The Albert Kennedy Trust.

September 26, 2014

Former UK Prime Minister has been named among such people as Barbra Streisand

It is time for a former prime minister to don some gold hotpants, a conical bra and announce his 27th farewell tour, as Tony Blair has today been named a 'gay icon'.

The former UK PM has been listed among a list of the most influential figures to the LGBTI community of the last 30 years, together with such luminaries as Madonna, Cher, Joan Rivers and Leslie Jordan.

While he is a controversial figure today, his Labour government completely changed the legal landscape for LGBTI people.

August 14, 2014

The X-Men and Lord of the Rings star has spoken out in support of one of his chosen charities

Sir Ian McKellen has recorded a video to encourage people to support the UK’s Albert Kennedy Trust by holding a fundraising party in their own home.

The Albert Kennedy Trust supports homeless LGBT youth – many of whom find themselves on the streets after being turned out from their family homes. The AKT operates a safe house (the Purple Door Project) and also coordinates a network of foster carers. Many of these are LGBT people who are willing to offer a desperately needed home to an LGBTI teenager.

August 14, 2014

The X-Men and Lord of the Rings star has spoken out in support of one of his chosen charities

Sir Ian McKellen has recorded a video to encourage people to support the UK’s Albert Kennedy Trust by holding a fundraising party in their own home.

The Albert Kennedy Trust supports homeless LGBT youth – many of whom find themselves on the streets after being turned out from their family homes. The AKT operates a safe house (the Purple Door Project) and also coordinates a network of foster carers. Many of these are LGBT people who are willing to offer a desperately needed home to an LGBTI teenager.

August 12, 2014

Gay man hoped to have Patrick Stewart help him face the final frontier of marriage, but he couldn't make it. Thankfully his BFF was able to step in...

Ian McKellen has helped a gay man propose to his boyfriend in the most adorable way possible.

When Brett Lotriet decided to propose to his Star Trek-loving boyfriend, Khalid Shawwa, he hoped to the stars he would be able to get Patrick Stewart.

Sadly, the actor who played Captain Picard was unavailable. But his BFF, Ian McKellen, stepped in to help make the moment memorable.

August 12, 2014

Gay man hoped to have Patrick Stewart help him face the final frontier of marriage, but he couldn't make it. Thankfully his BFF was able to step in...

Ian McKellen has helped a gay man propose to his boyfriend in the most adorable way possible.

When Brett Lotriet decided to propose to his Star Trek-loving boyfriend, Khalid Shawwa, he hoped to the stars he would be able to get Patrick Stewart.

Sadly, the actor who played Captain Picard was unavailable. But his BFF, Ian McKellen, stepped in to help make the moment memorable.

August 8, 2014

The former actor had the first gay kiss in a British soap, co-founded Stonewall and went on to be an MEP campaigning for LGBTI rights

Michael Cashman will join the UK's House of Lords, it was announced today. It is believed his new title will be Lord Cashman of Limehouse.

The openly gay former actor is famous for the moment when his character, Colin, had the first gay kiss in a British soap opera, EastEnders.

He was one of the co-founder of Stonewall, along with fellow actor Sir Ian McKellen, and went on to be a Member of the European Parliament for the West Midlands of England.

As an MEP he was president of the European Parliament Intergroup on LGBT Rights.

August 7, 2014

'Fly, you fool!'

Legendary gay actor Ian McKellen has recreated a Lord Of The Rings scene with a passing seagull.

The Gandalf actor posted a picture on Instagram of him walking on the street.

Spotting a seagull, he had a friend take the picture.

He then captioned it, saying: ‘Fly, you fool!’

This was in tribute to Gandalf’s fall after taking on the Balrog in the Fellowship of the Ring.

McKellen recently paid tribute to Pride in the UK and around the world in an exclusive interview with Gay Star News.

August 7, 2014

'Fly, you fool!'

Legendary gay actor Ian McKellen has recreated a Lord Of The Rings scene with a passing seagull.

The Gandalf actor posted a picture on Instagram of him walking on the street.

Spotting a seagull, he had a friend take the picture.

He then captioned it, saying: ‘Fly, you fool!’

This was in tribute to Gandalf’s fall after taking on the Balrog in the Fellowship of the Ring.

McKellen recently paid tribute to Pride in the UK and around the world in an exclusive interview with Gay Star News.

June 28, 2014

Sir Ian McKellen tells Gay Star News events like this prove the future is safe for generations of LGBTI people to come

Defiant against torrential rain and recent homophobic attacks, London has put on one of the biggest and best Gay Prides in years.

With an estimated half a million LGBTI people and their allies braving the summer downpour, the UK capital marched to fight for freedom today (28 June).

The British capital is celebrating a few months after the first gay couples have got married in England and Wales, with Scotland not too far behind.