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Ian McKellen to speak at National Student Pride in London next month

Ian McKellen to speak at National Student Pride in London next month

Sir Ian McKellen | Photo: Provided

Sir Ian McKellen will appear at National Student Pride on 23 February, it has been revealed.

The Oscar-nominated actor, who is openly gay, will give an on-stage interview for the pride’s #QueerAF podcast with BBC broadcaster Evan Davis at the event.

Sir Ian will be discussing the power of knowing queer history. He’s of course known for roles in The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings and X-Men film franchises.

‘Invaluable insight’

Chair of National Student Pride Georgina Trott commented: ‘The essence of what National Student Pride aims to achieve is inspiring young people [to share] our pride of conversation.’

She also added: ‘We are all about providing a platform for young queer people to engage with their community, to inspire them to move forward in progress with their LGBT+ peers and to offer opportunities for personal and professional development. So we are delighted that Sir Ian will be able to share his rich knowledge with us.’

She furthermore said: ‘The conversation of activism and how to progress to ensure universal equality is an ongoing one, one of great importance. Adding Ian McKellen’s voice to this particular panel is sure to gain some invaluable insight and most likely have the audience in awe from start to finish.’

Cultural icon Ian’s also known for roles in the TV show Vicious and 2017’s remake of Beauty and the Beast.

He has furthermore portrayed the likes of King Lear and Macbeth on stage.

National Student Pride takes place from 22-24 February. Much of the action will take place at the daytime festival on Saturday 23 February. This will be located at the University of Westminster, Marylebone Campus. Other events and parties will take place around the capital over the weekend.

This year’s National Student Pride will also mark 50 years since the Stonewall Riots in New York City.

Other speakers at the event include LGBTI rights activists and media figures Peter Tatchell, Paris Lees and Munroe Bergdorf.

For more information, visit the official National Student Pride website. Gay Star News is a media partners of National Student Pride.

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