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Ian McKellen Reacts To A Throwback Video He Spoke About ‘Section 28’ As He Celebrates Pride Month

Ian McKellen Reacts To A Throwback Video He Spoke About ‘Section 28’ As He Celebrates Pride Month

Actor Ian McKellen, known as the Gandalf of The Lord of the Rings, reacted to a video on Twitter talking about Section 28 while celebrating Pride Month.

Section 28, also known as Clause 28, was a British law prohibiting the promotion of homosexuality. Introduced by the former prime minister, Margaret Thatcher, it was in force from 1988 to 2003.

It has caused many organizations, such as lesbian, gay and bisexual student support groups, to shut down or restrict their activities, or to self-censor.

The BBC Archive has uncovered an interview where Ian McKellen was talking about Section 28 at the time. Realizing that this video was shared, McKellen reacted again to this law by celebrating Pride Month on Twitter.

Here’s what Ian McKellen said:

“Section 28 doesn’t exist in UK any more. Yet beyond this land, the stupid notion that sexuality can be “promoted” is enshrined in law elsewhere. So, the fight against ignorance and prejudice has to continue. Happy Pride!”

Check out the Twitter post below.

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