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Mon Jun 10, 2019, 03:36 PM

Ian McKellen launches programme to support LGBTI people over 50

Legendary Lord Of The Rings actor Ian McKellen has launched a programme to support gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people over 50.

The English thespian has teamed up with British charity LGBT Foundation to create Pride in Ageing.

Ian McKellen opens up on growing up gay in Lancashire

The programme was introduced at an event in Manchester on 5 June at the Barclays Eagle Lab in Manchester.

‘No one is born with prejudice, it’s something you learn,’ McKellen said at the event.

‘Growing up, even in Lancashire, what is now Greater Manchester, 70 years ago, it was a total silence.’

He furthermore added: ‘There was no mention of sexuality other than heterosexuality at school, on the radio, in church. Absolute silence. So is it any wonder that people who are older, when things are hazy, they may think back to a time when things were different?’

‘Waving the banner for full and total equality, and love, is something that has my total support,’ he added.

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I just turned 50 two weeks ago!

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