PHOTO: Ian McKellen Stands Up for Russia's Gays


By Neal Broverman

The legendary out actor shows his disapproval of Russia's escalating homophobia.

Following a performance of No Man's Land at Berkeley Repertory Theatre on Sunday, legendary actor Ian McKellen took some time to show support for Russia's LGBT citizens.

After the show, McKellen joined Sean Mathias, the out director of No Man's Land (pictured right), gay rights activist Michael Petrelis (left) and Petrelis's partner Mike Merrigan to stand up for Russia's beleagured gays (and anger at the Russian government's persecution of LGBTs). Petrelis's sign translates to "I am a human being and not propaganda." Click here to read Petrelis's firsthand account of how the picture came to be.

No Man's Land, co-starring Patrick Stewart and Billy Crudup, plays until August 31. (Photo via Gays Without Borders)

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