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Ian McKellen: ‘Gay rights are advancing, but life is worse than ever for some gay people’

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  1. PantoHorse 4 Feb 2013, 12:53pm

    Joseph, you need to go back to punctuation school. This sentence is appalling:

    Dr McKellen received the honorary doctorate from, The Hobbit, co-star, Dr James Nesbitt, and then lectured at the first annual Chancellor’s Lecture held at the University of Ulster.

    Also, the award of Honorary doctorate does not entitle someone to use the title Dr.

    1. That There Other David 4 Feb 2013, 1:05pm

      Considering he’s Sir Ian I would be surprised if he’d bother with the “Dr.” bit anyway.

      Anyway, more to the point it’s always a pleasure to hear McKellen speak. This is a reminder that the western countries need to continue pressure on those who would harshen their treatment of people like us. Even after the dust settles on our own equal marriage debate we need to keep lobbying for the sake of others.

      1. PantoHorse 4 Feb 2013, 1:13pm

        Yes, quite. He’s such a lovely man and puts across such well constructed arguments. I love that he’s so enigmatic, so talented, and also so normal – it’s brilliant seeing him at Pride and around and about in town.

  2. theotherone 4 Feb 2013, 1:03pm

    how wonderful for gay people, meanwhile gender varient people are out in the cold

    1. That There Other David 4 Feb 2013, 1:06pm

      Not entirely. However, there is work to be done on that front.

    2. Transpeople have the understanding of most gays – and with a higher and higher profile the understanding of gender transmission will be embraced even more – hang in there – we are getting there.

      1. theotherone 4 Feb 2013, 1:32pm

        perhaps so but the ‘life is wonderful for gay people’ line p1sses me off something awful.

        1. It has taken us decades of visibility and fighting to get this fa, perhaps the ‘Gender Varien’t fight will take that long?

          1. theotherone 4 Feb 2013, 1:45pm

            we’ve been there the whole time too but with every advance for the ‘gay community’ we’ve been ignored.

            the model for a nationwide equality group was set up for gender variant people after the comptons riots, without us stonewall would have amounted to nothing so we’ve, in some ways, been fighting longer and harder.

      1. theotherone 4 Feb 2013, 6:49pm

        indeed it will have that benefit however that does not make it any safer on the streets, it does not promote our inclusion in the community, it does not improve our health care.

  3. ohhhh someone has issues!! Gay Mafia….Perverted agenda….Death Threats……oh errr Well it wasn’t me and you can’t prove anything without photographic evidence..

  4. theotherone 4 Feb 2013, 1:47pm

    i don’t wish you death, i only wish you would go away you silly man

  5. That There Other David 4 Feb 2013, 2:01pm

    Don’t pretend you speak for a silent majority. The reason nobody hears them is because they’re not there.

    Meanwhile, you need to see a therapist. Too many issues going on there.

  6. Congratulations Ian, lovely man!

  7. Paul Lacey 5 Feb 2013, 2:15am

    Its not all good in the UK my partner and I moved to a village in Northamtonshire away from Bolton where we were getting homophobic abuse, a couple both female living across the road here moved from Peterborough to get away from homophobes there. This homophobia seems to go hand in hand with the outcries from places like the catholic and anglican churches and media coverage about gay issues, the media and church stir up a lot of division. Frankly these days we hear less homophobia from the BNP than we do from the Churches.

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