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LGBT History Month 2016 – Day 9 – Kenneth Williams

For our Day 9, and without further ado, it’s Kenneth Williams (1926 – 1988):


Kenneth Williams was an English comic actor and comedian, most famous for his work in 26 of the 31 Carry On films (1958-1978), and appeared in many British television shows and radio comedies, including series with Tony Hancock and Kenneth Horne.  Often caustic, critical and pithy, Williams lived in a time when homosexuality was illegal, and so referred in his copious diaries to unconsummated or barely consummated same-sex dalliances, which he describes as “traditional matters” or “tradiola”.

You can read more about Kenneth Williams, here http://www.theguardian.com/film/2010/oct/10/kenneth-williams-biography-christopher-stevens and watch an interview with him here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7_IWWAlMJg

LGBT History Month 2016 – Day 5 – Sir Ian McKellen

For Day 5, we head into the fabulous world of stage and film and celebrate Sir Ian McKellen CH, CBE (1939 –   ).  As well as being an accomplished out-and-proud actor on stage and screen, he co-founded Stonewall in 1988 and continues to act as a prominent advocate for LGBT rights.

Sir Ian publicly declared himself to be gay during the national debate over the enactment of S28 Local Government Act 1988, commonly referred to simply as ‘Section 28’. This was a piece of legislation banning the ‘promotion of homosexuality’, particularly in schools. The discussion programme – called ‘Third Ear’ – is still held available in archive at the BBC here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/archive/gay_rights/12012.shtml.  It requires Flash to play.

“Since coming out… I’ve been asked, almost expected, to speak and write about gay issues. And I’ve been very happy to do so in London, Washington DC, Cape Town and on any number of Gay Pride Days everywhere.”

LGBT History Month 2016 - 05 - Ian McKellen

You can find Sir Ian’s website here: http://www.mckellen.com/ and more information about him here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ian_McKellen