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.
26th August 2010
Manchester Pride’s Big Weekend kicks off tomorrow
3:12 PM — Manchester Pride's "Big Weekend" kicks off tomorrow. The festvities will last until Monday night, when a candlelit vigil will bring the ten-day festival to a close.
11th February 2010
UK’s only gay bookshop hit by huge rent rise 17
11:05 AM — The UK's only bookshop catering exclusively for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people has been hit by a 25 per cent rent increase. The manager of London-based Gay's The Word, Jim MacSweeney, said he was "appalled" by Camden council's decision.
22nd January 2010
BBC to address portrayal of gays and lesbians 28
1:21 PM — The BBC announced today it was undertaking a new project to improve how gays, lesbians and bisexuals are portrayed on television, radio and online. The corporation was condemned last month for an online debate on whether gays in Uganda should be executed.
21st January 2010
Ian McKellen says sports world should be ‘ashamed’ of homophobia 2
2:32 PM — Gay actor Sir Ian McKellen has criticised the sporting world for being "slow to catch up" with progress on gay players. He said that some were becoming "shrinking violets" due to abuse from fans.