Ian McKellen on Coming Out at 49: ‘I Wish I Had Come Out Much Earlier… You Do What You Can Now’

by | November 25, 2013 at 2:07 PM | LGBT

Ian McKellen attends 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' New York premiere. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)

Sir Ian McKellen did a Q&A with Men’s Journal and was asked about coming out publicly in 1998.

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“It was very easy, but I was 49 years old. I hadn’t given much thought about it before then, to tell you the truth. I was living very happily and openly as a gay man. It all happened in a bit of a rush when I decided to come out. I was angry because of a law that was anti-gay in the United Kingdom, and it was easier to come out in my indignation. When people are worrying about coming out, they’re worried about what other people will think, they’re worried about whether they’ll lose the love of their family. I’m involved in an organization which helps kids like that in the U.K. called Albert Kennedy Trust, and we have a lot of homeless kids thrown out by their parents. I do have a regret about coming out – I wish I had come out much earlier, but again, what can you do? You do what you can now.”

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