Sir Ian McKellen Recounts Gay British Childhood in Beautifully Moving Video

Sir Ian McKellen is proudly out so that today’s children can be open about their sexuality

In this beautiful yet somber clip shot for a new Queer British Art exhibit at the Tate Britain, Sir Ian McKellen gives us an intimate glimpse into growing up gay in Britain.

When my own attraction to other boys was taking place it seemed very natural to me and it wasn’t something that I wanted to resist. But I was aware that it didn’t really fit in with whatever else everyone had been doing.

“When my own attraction to other boys was taking place it seemed very natural to me and it wasn’t something that I wanted to resist,” Sir Ian McKellen narrates, “But I was aware that it didn’t really fit in with whatever else everyone had been doing”

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The film, directed by Joe Stephenson, is narrated by McKellen while actor Scott Chambers performs the somber visuals.

Sir Ian McKellen wanted to be an actor in hopes of meeting other gay men

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Sir Ian McKellen wanted to become a professional actor in hopes of connecting with other gay men. “One of the reasons I was happy to become a professional actor is that I suspected I might meet some gay people. It was an easy way to do that.”

“One of the reasons I proselytize and talk about being gay is because I don’t want today’s children to not to enjoy their sexuality—be aware of it, think about it, puzzle about it, discuss it, have it out in the open, because it’s central to what you are,” continued McKellen.

Watch Sir Ian McKellen’s Beautifully Haunting Clip about Growing up Gay in Britain