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Sir Ian McKellen Helps Pen Open Letter About Russia's Anti-Gay Laws

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Tell it, Gandalf! Snap snap!

Ian McKellen is straight up one of the coolest dudes (there are actually two 'coolest dudes' and he's one of them) on the planet, and we are so proud to hear that he's helped pen an open letter about Russia's anti-gay laws!

He teamed up with 27 Nobel laureates to drop a letter filled with knowledge on Russian President Vladimir Putin!

Ian even cited his bona fides as "aka Gandalf/Henry V!"

The letter was printed by London's Independent newspaper:

"to indicate that many senior members of the international scientific community show solidarity with politicians, artists, sports people and many others who have already expressed their abhorrence for the Russian Government's actions against its gay citizens."

Here's a bit of what Sir Ian said:

"In my case. I have been warned by the UK Foreign Office that in Russia I could not speak openly about my sexuality, at least in the hearing of anyone under the age of 18. I have therefore felt that I had to turn down invitations to attend Russian film festivals."

This is AH-mazing!

Hopefully Putin sees it, and hopefully sees all of the important people in addition to Ian — legit nobel prize winning fellows — that are supporting the same ideas and thought!

SOMETHING needs to happen!

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7 comments to “Sir Ian McKellen Helps Pen Open Letter About Russia's Anti-Gay Laws”

  1. karen says – reply to this


    I don't think Putin has anything against gays, I just think he's watched us long enough to figure out that the average citizen can be distracted from real problems by letting them openly bash gays. I bet while the cops are arresting the gays, Putin's moving gold bars out the back door of the Kremlin to a private Swiss vault while nationalizing another independent news agency.

  2. Danny Is nOt my Namey says – reply to this


    I am totally for gay rights but its a shame that the world is focusing on russia and ignoring a continent where gay sex is almost entirely illegal and in some jurisdictions… a death sentence. And in africa they dont even often have freedom of speech to criticize these harsh penalties. The reason eastern europe is so much more anti gay compared to western europe is partially because its so close to the middle east and turkey's influence. The farther european countries are from the middle eastern influence, the more our IQ is able to flow and flourish. Scandinavian countries are FAR from middle eastern influence and as a result, iceland has had a lesbian woman leader. But if iceland was situated next to turkey? I fear to think how less civilized it would be.

  3. karen says – reply to this


    Re: Danny Is nOt my Namey – Belgium's got a gay PM & he's way cooler than her.

  4. 4

    You're all talk, Mario. If you really cared about gay rights, you'd go over to Russia during the olympics and protest. Take a stand against Putin that the world will notice. Your blog won't change anything. Go to Sochi and be openly gay.

  5. 5

    Why does everyone care so much about who other people have sex with? I don't give a toss about other people's bedroom life, and why the fuck should I ?! What's wrong with everyone?! Get a life (I mean romance, sex, family, work) and let others do what they want. If they find another person that likes the same thing, so bloody be it! I bet Putin himself has some intimate secrets no one knows about (and DON'T WANT TO KNOW) so why should he care about other peoples sex life? Unless of course it's "because I can" thing. Megalomania thing. Politicians have way too much time on their hands.

  6. 6

    Putin knows a country of queers is a country in decline. Besides the muslim extremist are gonna be out in force. maybe they'll take care of the queers.

  7. Kathy Tarkovsky says – reply to this


    I dare you Perez to go to Sochi and stand there with a huge sign that says "I AM GAY!". But you are too much of a chicken to do it. All you can do is spread poison on your blog, which has no influence at all! Russians will never accept your style of sex life and butt out of Russia! Concentrate on something that is more important!!!!