14th January 2014
27 Nobel laureates join Ian McKellen to protest over Russia’s anti-gay laws 3
10:56 AM — British actor Sir Ian McKellen and 27 Nobel laureates have demanded that Russia's President Vladimir Putin repeals the country's homophobic legislation.
12th December 2013
Damian Lewis apologises for ‘fruity actor’ jibe at Ian McKellen 9
4:13 PM — Actor Damian Lewis has apologised to Sir Ian McKellen for saying he did not want to end up like a "fruity actor" who is known for playing wizards.
10th December 2013
UK Government warns Ian McKellen against travelling to Russia due to anti-gay laws 18
11:10 AM — The Foreign Office has advised Sir Ian McKellen "not to go to Russia" because of the country's homophobic laws, according to the gay actor.
30th October 2013
BBC survey: Tom Daley’s Splash! favourite for gay men whilst lesbians like Rules of Engagement 2
3:18 PM — ITV’s ‘Vicious’ and ‘Splash!’ have been rated the most popular programmes for young gay men in a BBC survey, whilst for lesbians in the same age category 'Rules of Engagement' followed by 'Never Mind the Buzzcocks' are the most popular shows.
30th September 2013
Derek Jacobi: ‘I had no idea I was breaking Ian McKellen’s heart’ 8
4:33 PM — Sir Derek Jacobi says he had “no idea” he was breaking the heart of friend and colleague Sir Ian McKellen, who once had a crush on him when they were studying together at university.
26th September 2013
Ian Mckellen: If we boycotted the Olympics in Russia, they wouldn’t take place anywhere 18
1:53 PM — Sir Ian McKellen says Russia's anti-gay laws are "appalling", that he would do "almost anything" to help repeal repeal them, but boycotting next year's Winter Olympics is not the answer.
5th September 2013
Sir Ian McKellen to play retired Sherlock Holmes in new film 4
6:38 PM — Sir Ian McKellen will be the latest actor to take on the role of Sherlock Holmes, as he is set to take to the big screen to play an aged version of the legendary detective.
27th August 2013
Gay sitcom Vicious gets second series 31
1:17 PM — ITV sitcom Vicious, featuring gay actors Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Derek Jacobi, has been recommissioned for a second series.
21st August 2013
Comment: We must guard against the return of Section 28 6
7:01 PM — LGBT Labour co-chair James Asser says "attempts at reinstating Section 28 by the back door must be quashed" and he's calling on Prime Minister David Cameron and Education Secretary Michael Gove to act.
24th July 2013
Albert Kennedy Trust opens housing project for young homeless LGBT people 10
1:06 PM — The LGBT youth homeless charity the Albert Kennedy Trust has announced the launch of its ‘Purple Door’ housing project for LGBT young people facing homelessness.
18th June 2013
Barry Cryer brands ITV’s Vicious ‘homophobic’ television 98
3:10 PM — Comedian Barry Cryer says ITV's sitcom Vicious is "positively homophobic".
17th June 2013
Ian McKellen, Elton John and David Furnish become new faces of Pride London 3
5:44 PM — Sir Elton John and his civil partner David Furnish, and famed actor Sir Ian McKellen, are the new celebrity faces of Pride in London for 2013.
8th May 2013
LBC’s Iain Dale: ITV’s Vicious is an ‘abortion of a comedy’ and Brian Sewell is right to pan it 39
3:46 PM — LBC radio presenter Iain Dale says ITV’s new gay sitcom Vicious is an “abortion of a comedy” and has praised Brian Sewell’s withering critique of the show.
7th May 2013
Brian Sewell attacks ITV’s Vicious as ‘spiteful parody’ with audience down by 2 million 55
3:36 PM — With the show down 2 million viewers for its second episode controversial art critic Brian Sewell says ITV’s new sitcom Vicious reminds him of a less progressive period for gay people.
23rd April 2013
Ian McKellen: ‘I’m accepted as a gay man and as happy now as I’ve ever been’ 8
2:01 PM — Actor and activist Sir Ian McKellen has spoken of how progress in gay rights has allowed him to come out and feel accepted, and says that aged 73 he is as content with life as he has ever been.
17th April 2013
UK: Thatcher opponents stage funeral protests 40
12:51 PM — A small group of protesters of Margaret Thatcher’s LGBT legacy have lined the route of the former PM's funeral in central London.
16th April 2013
Ian McKellen: ‘Margaret Thatcher misjudged the future with Section 28′ 23
1:46 PM — Actor Sir Ian McKellen says Margaret Thatcher "misjudged the future" with her support for Section 28.
9th April 2013
X Factor singer Rylan Clark deletes Margaret Thatcher tweet 21
1:37 PM — X Factor singer Rylan Clark has deleted a tweet in tribute of Margaret Thatcher, after being reminded of her role in introducing Section 28 and her general disdain for gay rights.
25th March 2013
Ian McKellen: ‘Cruel’ religious leaders to blame for LGBT teens being thrown out of homes 18
12:49 PM — While hosting an LGBT event over the weekend, actor and activist Sir Ian McKellen spoke of the damaging effect hate speech can have on the lives of vulnerable people and said "cruel" religious leaders should feel responsible for gay teens living on the streets.