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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.

June 26, 2014

Hobbit star was speaking at historic dinner hosted by the Lord Mayor of London at Mansion House for LGBTI Pride

Star Wars star Alec Guinness ‘begged’ Ian McKellen not to advocate for gay rights because he hated himself for being bisexual.

McKellen made the revelation as he addressed an historic LGBTI Pride gala dinner last night (25 June), held for the first time in the Lord Mayor of London’s Mansion House.

Guinness is famous for having played Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars and Fagin in Oliver Twist. But despite being married he is reported to have had male partners and to have once been arrested for sex in a public toilet in Liverpool in 1946.

June 26, 2014

Hobbit star was speaking at historic dinner hosted by the Lord Mayor of London at Mansion House for LGBTI Pride

Star Wars star Alec Guinness ‘begged’ Ian McKellen not to advocate for gay rights because he hated himself for being bisexual.

McKellen made the revelation as he addressed an historic LGBTI Pride gala dinner last night (25 June), held for the first time in the Lord Mayor of London’s Mansion House.

Guinness is famous for having played Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars and Fagin in Oliver Twist. But despite being married he is reported to have had male partners and to have once been arrested for sex in a public toilet in Liverpool in 1946.

May 14, 2014

X-Men: Days of Future Past says Nigel Farage needs to 'get out more' after saying people over the age of 70 were 'uncomfortable' with homosexuality

British actor Sir Ian McKellen has said gay people are still thought of as mutants in many places across the world.

The ‘X Men: Days Of Future Past’ star has revealed the director, Bryan Singer, convinced him to be Magneto by talking about gay rights.

May 14, 2014

X-Men: Days of Future Past says Nigel Farage needs to 'get out more' after saying people over the age of 70 were 'uncomfortable' with homosexuality

British actor Sir Ian McKellen has said gay people are still thought of as mutants in many places across the world.

The ‘X Men: Days Of Future Past’ star has revealed the director, Bryan Singer, convinced him to be Magneto by talking about gay rights.

April 13, 2014

Chris Windows’ anti-gay comments drew 1,500 signatures to stop him becoming Lord Mayor of Bristol

Bristol councillor Chris Windows has withdrawn his bid to become Lord Mayor of the UK city, after a petition to stop his campaign because of his anti-gay comments gathered over 1,500 signatures.

In November 2010, Conservative councillor Windows was highly critical of gay actor Sir Ian McKellen when he visited two Bristol schools to talk about what it means to be gay, on behalf of LGBT rights charity Stonewall.

April 8, 2014

Bristol Pride has started a petition to block the English city’s choice of Lord Mayor after he made remarks understood to be anti-gay

Is the British city of Bristol, a place where LGBTI pride is well established, really about to elect a homophobic Lord Mayor? Or is the current fuss over the possible election of Councilor Chris Windows to this office in June no more than a politically motivated vendetta?

Passions are rising – and with a petition currently up on the council website asking councilors not to vote for him, it’s an issue that won’t be going away any time soon.

March 24, 2014

New superhero film will be the first major release after Page came out as lesbian in a heartfelt Valentine's Day speech

X-Men: Days of Future Past has premiered a new trailer.

Starring gay actors Ian McKellen and Ellen Page, the superhero film is a follow up to 2011’s prequel X-Men: First Class.

It will unite the cast of the original trilogy with the newer stars like James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence.

Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry and Nicholas Hoult are also among the other returning cast members.

March 24, 2014

New superhero film will be the first major release after Page came out as lesbian in a heartfelt Valentine's Day speech

X-Men: Days of Future Past has premiered a new trailer.

Starring gay actors Ian McKellen and Ellen Page, the superhero film is a follow up to 2011’s prequel X-Men: First Class.

It will unite the cast of the original trilogy with the newer stars like James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence.

Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry and Nicholas Hoult are also among the other returning cast members.

March 21, 2014

New campaign calls on everyone - including gay people - to check their language and ensure they are not a bystander to abuse

Stonewall is going beyond speaking about gay rights in a brand new campaign.

The powerful new ad, voiced by British actor Ian McKellen, examines how the language we use as children can carry on with us into adulthood.

Called ‘No Bystanders’, it opens on a school playground where a chain of insults begins with one child calling another a ‘ginger’.

From ‘fag’ to ‘gender bender’, ‘fatty’ to ‘bimbo’, the chain progresses out of the school gates and into the streets where adults trade bigoted and racist remarks.

February 25, 2014

British actors and best friends say the films are a clear metaphor for the gay rights movement

The X-Men series is about the gay rights movement, according to stars Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart.

The esteemed British actors and best friends, who play enemies Magneto and Professor Charles Xavier in the movie franchise, say the persecution of ‘mutants’ in the film reflects the struggles of the LGBT community.

‘Mutants are like gays, they’re cast out by society for not good reason,’ McKellen said.

February 25, 2014

British actors and best friends say the films are a clear metaphor for the gay rights movement

The X-Men series is about the gay rights movement, according to stars Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart.

The esteemed British actors and best friends, who play enemies Magneto and Professor Charles Xavier in the movie franchise, say the persecution of ‘mutants’ in the film reflects the struggles of the LGBT community.

‘Mutants are like gays, they’re cast out by society for not good reason,’ McKellen said.

February 22, 2014

'I often thought my gravestone would say, 'Here lies Gandalf. He came out,"' says the 75-year-old actor who came out publicly 25 years ago

Speaking with BuzzFeed Brews interview on Friday, gay British actor Ian McKellen commended his X-Men co-star Ellen Page for coming out last week, and encouraged LGBTs who are in the closet to consider doing the same.

The 75-year-old, who publicly came out more than 25 years ago, is best known for playing Magneto in the X-Men films and Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies.

February 22, 2014

'I often thought my gravestone would say, 'Here lies Gandalf. He came out,"' says the 75-year-old actor who came out publicly 25 years ago

Speaking with BuzzFeed Brews interview on Friday, gay British actor Ian McKellen commended his X-Men co-star Ellen Page for coming out last week, and encouraged LGBTs who are in the closet to consider doing the same.

The 75-year-old, who publicly came out more than 25 years ago, is best known for playing Magneto in the X-Men films and Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies.

February 3, 2014

Gay English actor's salute is followed by many others including Tom Hanks, George Clooney and the Hunger Games cast

Sir Ian McKellen has shared a touching response to US actor's Philip Seymour Hoffman's shocking death.

The English actor, major LGBTI rights activist and Lord of The Rings star, posted a tribute to Oscar-winning actor on his official Facebook page.

In his post, McKellen referred to the late actor as ‘without a doubt one of the most accomplished screen actors of our time’ and accompanied his moving words with a photo of him in his celebrated off-Broadway role in The Seagull.

February 3, 2014

Gay English actor's salute is followed by many others including Tom Hanks, George Clooney and the Hunger Games cast

Sir Ian McKellen has shared a touching response to US actor's Philip Seymour Hoffman's shocking death.

The English actor, major LGBTI rights activist and Lord of The Rings star, posted a tribute to Oscar-winning actor on his official Facebook page.

In his post, McKellen referred to the late actor as ‘without a doubt one of the most accomplished screen actors of our time’ and accompanied his moving words with a photo of him in his celebrated off-Broadway role in The Seagull.

February 1, 2014

Actors Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Patrick Stewart had some fun with tomorrow's (2 February) Super Bowl.

The game is the last, and most important, in the National Football League season.

On Twitter, Stewart  posted a photo of him and McKellen wearing the uniforms of the two teams. Stewart represents the Seattle Seahawks and his fellow 'sir'  the Denver Broncos.