Sir Ian McKellen tours schools to tell children being gay is OK
Actor Sir Ian McKellen has revealed he is to tour Britain's schools preaching about gay tolerance.
The openly gay star, who is best known to youngsters as Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings blockbusters, wants to encourage other homosexual men to go back to their former schools and lecture pupils on homophobia.
Revealing his campaign in gay magazine Attitude, Sir Ian said: 'I’ve been busy at quite a few schools recently. I went to a wonderful co-ed faith school in Harpenden.
'They were Christians and absolutely determined that their pupils
did not discriminate.
'I said that we are all part of a minority group – be it for being short, or tall or fat or thin, or having red hair or whatever. I said hands up who thinks they are part of a minority group and all the hands went up.
The actor, 69, went on: 'I had Gandalf’s sword with me and I knighted a pair of children Sir Minority and Dame Minority and it went down very well.
'It is essential to talk to 12 and 13-year-olds because they absorb what’s thrown at them, whether it be homophobia or tolerance - and we have to make sure it’s positive stuff.'
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