Sir Ian McKellen: Being Gay Is Still Like Being A Mutant

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The X-Men series has long been a favorite among queer audiences, who could easily identify with a group of people ostracized and vilified for who they are. X-Men: Days of Future Past star Sir Ian McKellen sat down with co-star and bromantic life partner Sir Patrick Stewart and discussed how he came to join Team Homo Superior.

“When Bryan Singer [the X-Men director] asked me to be in these films he sold it to me on just this point: as a gay man you can identify with mutants – people who have talents [but] are despised by society as they’re different,” McKellen told UK’s Channel 4.

“In many areas of the world being gay is still a mutancy which is clearly not tolerated in some societies,” Sir Ian continued. “You can be put to death for your sexuality. Not in this country. We have advanced – it’s been one of the great joys of my life – since these films have been made.”

Meanwhile, when asked to summarize their epic bromance — the likes of which the world has rarely seen (at least outside of the X-Men franchise) — in a hashtag, the two stately thespians came up with “#ARENTWELUCKY” and “#eternal” because that’s what true love is, kids:

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Lester Fabian Brathwaite is an LA-based writer, editor, bon vivant, and all-around sassbag. He's formerly Senior Editor of Out Magazine and is currently hungry. Insta: @lefabrat