Ian McKellen Takes Activism, with Theatre, to Singapore

MckellenIan McKellen, visiting Singapore with the Royal Shakespeare Company’s world tour of Shakespeare’s “King Lear” and Chekhov’s “The Seagull”, told a radio station there that Singapore should drop its laws against homosexuality.

McKellen told the Class 95 radio station: “Just treat us with respect like we treat everybody else and the world will be a better place, I think. Coming to Singapore where unfortunately you’ve still got those dreadful laws that we British left behind… it’s about time Singapore grew up, I think, and realised that gay people are here to stay.”

Singapore_forumHe also told Channel NewsAsia: “I have been looking for a gay bar (in Singapore) if there is such a thing… so that’s what I have been looking for.”

Over the weekend, hundreds attended an unprecedented forum in Singapore to debate the decriminalization of homosexual acts. According to Channel NewsAsia, “Most put up their hands in agreement when asked by the moderator of the forum, organised by theatre group W!ld Rice, if section 377A of the penal code which criminalises homosexual acts ought to be repealed.”


  1. says

    I love Ian McKellen. When he was doing press for The Da Vinci Code, someone asked him what he thought about adding a disclaimer to the movie that it was a work of fiction. He responded that the Bible should have such a disclaimer.

    He’s got balls.

  2. says

    There are several gay bars in Singapore, a very active bathhouse, and some very cruisey men’s rooms in the shopping malls on Orchard Road. Tell Ian to call me for recommendations.

  3. adam says

    oh yeah! they are all by Chinatown; pick up a man in the bar, enjoy the food and then go home to burn some fat together. What a healthy way of living, both metally and physically. lol

  4. says

    There are definitely gay bars in Singapore. Not a ton, but certainly more than one or two. “Backstage” is pretty nice, and conveniently located in the heart of Chinatown. I met a nice Royal Navy guy there once. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Some straight nightclubs also have very popular gay nights.

  5. Roy says

    I once spent a lovely evening at Zouk, a gay bar in Singapore (they called it ‘mixed’, but it was most definitely gay) surrounded by hunky Qantas flight attendants… ahh, memories…