22nd November 2012
New Zealand: Committee told that equal marriage is an ‘abomination’, and could lead to incest 25
12:44 AM — The select committee reviewing the equal marriage bill in New Zealand, has heard submissions from two pastors, one who called equal marriage a sin, and an "abomination," and another who said that incest is "the way it could go" if equal marriage became legal.
16th November 2012
Video: Ian McKellen shows support for new anti-bullying film 1
1:28 PM — Actor Sir Ian McKellen has lent his voice to Stonewall’s new anti-gay bullying campaign video.
6th November 2012
Channel 4 backpedals after censoring ‘gay’ from Simpsons’ episode 10
6:58 PM — Channel 4 says it was wrong to edit out the word "gay" from an episode of The Simpsons, which was shown by the UK broadcaster last weekend.
Ian McKellen criticises New Zealand PM over ‘gay’ jumper jibe 6
1:29 PM — Veteran actor Sir Ian McKellen has criticised New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, accusing him of using the word "gay" in a "careless" way.
31st October 2012
Comment: Why I’m no longer Gay but still want to marry someone of the same sex 203
1:56 PM — Can you be homosexual without having a Gay identity? Chris Morris, whose case in the European Court of Human Rights helped secure an equal age of consent, explores how labels affect our self-image.
29th October 2012
ITV commissions new gay sitcom starring Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi 23
1:36 AM — A new sitcom has been commissioned by ITV, which is set to feature Sir Derek Jacobi and Sir Ian McKellen as an elderly gay couple.
28th October 2012
Ian McKellen: ‘Being forced to hide my homosexuality made me a great actor’ 16
12:19 AM — Speaking at a school in London, Sir Ian McKellen said that he thinks hiding his sexuality for years was pivotal in perfecting his acting skills.
14th September 2012
London: 4th annual Stonewall fundraiser returns to the Paramount Club 3
10:54 AM — The soaring heights of the capital will be taken in by those attending the annual fundraiser for Stonewall at the Paramount Club on Friday 28 September.
15th February 2012
Interview: Armistead Maupin on Tales of The City, Ian McKellen and Rock Hudson 14
11:13 AM — Laurence Watts meets Armistead Maupin to talk Tales of the City, the joy of gay life in 1970s San Francisco and the truth about his relationships with Rock Hudson and Ian McKellen.
6th January 2012
Sir Ian McKellen says “no doubt” Shakespeare was gay 48
10:28 AM — Sir Ian McKellen has reportedly said he has "no doubt" the complexities and plot devices of Shakespeare's work mean the playwright was gay. The actor added that the relationship between two characters in The Merchant of Venice made it "obvious" the writer had sexual relationships with men.
28th June 2011
Videos: What life might have been like for gay celebs if they were homeless 5
11:58 AM — Gay youth housing charity the Albert Kennedy Trust has released a series of advertisements showing what life might have been like for gay celebrities including Sir Ian McKellen, Andrew Hayden-Smith, Paul O'Grady, Samantha Fox and Sue Perkins.
26th June 2011
Sir Ian McKellen on why he never came out to his parents 52
12:51 AM — Sir Ian McKellen, who is fronting an advertising campaign for the Albert Kennedy Trust on gay teenagers kicked out of home for coming out has explained in an interview for The Times why he never came out to his own parents.
10th June 2011
Watch: Viral video shows the impact of homophobia 36
4:12 PM — A viral video by charity Albert Kennedy Trust (AKT) is raising awareness of the devastating impact homophobia can have. The film shows gay celebrities as people facing abuse, harassment, drug addiction and homelessness because of their sexual orientation.
26th May 2011
Ian McKellen supports Moscow Gay Pride 27
2:58 PM — Veteran actor Ian McKellen has given his support to Saturday's Moscow Pride march. City authorities have banned the march but gay rights activists say they will hold it regardless.
19th November 2010
Video: Prime minister David Cameron tells bullied gay kids ‘things will get better’ 39
2:44 PM — Prime minister David Cameron has added his voice to a campaign to support bullied gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans youngsters. Mr Cameron recorded a video message for gay charity Stonewall in which he urged bullied teens to talk to someone about their problems.
Tory councillor suspended after being accused of homophobia 84
12:43 PM — A Bristol Tory councillor who criticised gay actor Ian McKellen’s visits to schools has been suspended by his party. Chris Windows, who represents Henbury ward, has agreed to be "voluntarily suspended", the Conservative Party said.
Tory councillor accused of homophobia to meet gay rights group 3
10:45 AM — A Tory councillor in Bristol who was accused of homophobia for criticising gay actor Ian McKellen's visits to schools is to meet gay rights group Stonewall.
18th November 2010
Tory councillor accused of homophobia for criticising gay actor’s school visits 28
2:13 PM — A Conservative councillor in Bristol has been accused of homophobia after he voiced concern about gay actor Ian McKellen visiting schools.
5th November 2010
Ian McKellen: Don’t call me ‘Sir’ 15
2:28 PM — Veteran gay actor Ian McKellen has revealed that he does not like using his title of 'Sir', despite being knighted in 1991. The Lord of the Rings star was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Savannah Film Festival yesterday.
31st August 2010
Thousands attend parade and celebrations at Manchester Pride 2010 5
1:27 PM — Thousands of people attended Manchester's 20th annual gay Pride parade and celebrations over the Bank Holiday weekend.