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Ian McKellen visits schools to talk about being gay

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  1. Jock S. Trap 12 Apr 2011, 5:51pm

    Another good man doing a good job by helping show that bullying cannot be tolerated.

    Such a high profile actor showing some of the good Stonewall do do.

  2. Good stuff

    though its probably a bit of a history lesson – getting a greater range of people in so theres more chance of kids meeting someone they could identify with would be excellent.

  3. Troll Killer 12 Apr 2011, 7:28pm


    1. Looks like the troll has been removed and sent back to under its bridge…..

    2. Jock S. Trap 13 Apr 2011, 8:14am

      Feed ’em to the crocs! Second thoughts, poor crocs, why make them suffer.

      1. Jock S. Trap 13 Apr 2011, 8:15am

        That was in response to Troll Killer. I didn’t realise Honest was at it again.

  4. @ Honest- gay people are not ‘perverted’ and we do not lead a ‘perverted lifestyle!’ Nor are we ‘sick’ or have ‘gender identity disorder’ – being gay is who we are and its just as natural as being straight our love is the same we are all equal no matter what our sexual preference may be. Ignorant bigots like you are the reason lgbt people go through hell being tortured and driven to suicide. Unbelievable that in 2011 after society has come so far with accepting and loving people for who they are, people like you still exist and want to spew hatred everywhere- that is indeed, crazy.

    1. Good for you Ian, maybe you could come to the school across the road from me
      And enlighten the kids there.
      Pleas keep up the good work
      is there any thing wrong with having a gender identity disorder’ or as i like to say gender unhappiness,

      1. @ Lady Tanya- no theres nothing wrong with that i was just trying to make a point to honest that gay people are who they are and theres nothing wrong with us sorry for the confusion i didnt mean theres anything wrong with g.i.d

  5. What an abhorant man! And those poor children who have to listen to it!

    1. Jock S. Trap 13 Apr 2011, 3:50pm

      Yeah stuff the ones that are bullied and abused and then go onto committing suicide.

      Typical uneducated idiot.

  6. I think thats a brilliant idea, and its really nice that such a high flying actor like Ian McKellen would do this. I wonder would he be willing to tour secondary schools in Northern Ireland also?

  7. Wouldn’t one of the pioneers of Stonewall be better immersed in giving his organisation a good shake-up and booting our Ben Summerskill? Excuse the pun, but he needs to adopt a (ahem) top-down – not bottom-up – approach to get positive change moving more quickly.

  8. The charity also hopes to find a “celebrated high-achieving lesbian or bisexual woman role model” to speak to pupils.

    Maybe if we could get Ellen Degeneres to cross the pond to give some talks…

    1. Martin Lawrence 13 Apr 2011, 3:55pm

      Much closer to home: Clare Balding Sandy Totsvig and other comedians (not you Clare).

  9. What stone has he been living under if he was unaware of the amount of gay bullying that goes on at schools. We all know RADA is wall to wall gays.

    1. Jock S. Trap 13 Apr 2011, 3:53pm

      Being 72 I don’t suppose he did know for a minute the levels of bullying.

  10. Can school kids really be convinced by an old actor like McKellen that being gay is ok. What is needed are some young gays who are indeed happy and live full lives to visit schools. I guess even Sir Ian isn’t welcome in some faith schools.

    1. Jock S. Trap 13 Apr 2011, 3:56pm

      I think yes he can make a difference. I see your comment but Gay people come in all shapes, sizes and ages. He will be known by a lot of kids for his roles in Lord of the Rings and soon to be release The Hobbit, so I do think people will look up to him and take notice of him.

      I do think these talks need to be addressed alongside an education system like some schools have adopted in order to help reduce bullying and making LGBT a much more accepted community.

  11. Simon.Murphy 13 Apr 2011, 5:31pm

    I like Ian McKellen. He is a good actor.

    But I doubt that a 70-somerthing luvvy actor can have much understanding about the issues faced by teenagers in the year 2011.

    Thern againj this is a Stonewall campaign and I long gave up onb believing they have even the slightest clue about what is important to LGBT people.

    Stonewall holds the LGBT population in utter contempt as is evidenced that the ville homophobe Ben Summerskill is still the head of Stonewall (Sunmmerskill was caught campaigning against marriage equality which makes him a homophobe.)

  12. What about Joe McElderry. He would be good for touring schools and showing how ones carer can be affected by his sexuality. He got voice all right but not really top op the charts. Wonder why.

  13. They should ask Joe McElderry how ones sexuality can sell or not.

  14. He visited my school and it seemed that his high profile distracted everyone from stonewalls message. He also made it alot about himself and didn’t have an understanding of gay youth of today. I believe this message should be discussed from openly gay students like myself rather than him.

  15. ** The charity also hopes to find a “celebrated high-achieving lesbian or bisexual woman role model” to speak to pupils. **

    Erm … What about us Bisexual MEN? Oh, sorry, I forgot. We don’t exist, do we? We’re just “gays in denial”.

    Congratulations Stonewall. You’ve done it again…

  16. The charity also hopes to find a “celebrated high-achieving lesbian or bisexual woman role model” to speak to pupils.

    Erm… What about us Bisexual MEN? Can’t WE be good role models?

    Oh, sorry, I forgot. We don’t exist, we’re just “gays in denial”, aren’t we?

    Congratulations Stonewall, you’ve done it again…

    1. Jock S. Trap 14 Apr 2011, 10:23am

      Of course you can.

    2. Stonewall isn’t qualified to be running any sort of campaign to tackle homophobial, while the arch bigot Ben NoSkills remains in charge.

  17. This is a fantastic idea. I would really love for someone to come to my secondary school and talk to some of the children/teenagers here. The levels of homophobic bullying in apparently the best school in our town are shocking. Would he be interested in doing some talks in the South East?

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