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Stephen Fry's 'Out There' Explores Attitudes Towards Gay People: Watch 2 Episodes - VIDEO


Stephen Fry, the British actor, writer, director and activist, has released a new two part documentary entitled, Stephen Fry: Out There, "a series about gay people and the trouble people have accepting them." The first episode sees Fry, a long-time foe of anti-gay bias, interviewing Elton John and David Furnish, discussing how John's coming out was a "game-changer," and later psychologist Joseph Nicolosi, a major proponent behind the "reparative therapy" movement. The second episode follows Fry as he travels around the world, examining a broad range of oppressive attitudes towards homosexuality, as The New Statesman points out:

in Brazil, a gay person is murdered every 36 hours; in Russia, it is illegal to “promote” homosexuality, a law that has far-reaching and monstrous consequences for the parents and children of gay people (who are “promoting” homosexuality by being alive); in India, the hijras (men who, broadly speaking, identify as women) are forced to live on the outer margins of society.

Fry's own introduction to the series sums up his point of view very succinctly:

There are people who are so rabidly homophobic and I just find that fascinating. It’s as if you met someone who absolutely spent all their life trying to get rid of red telephones. You’d go, what? You just would not understand it. Why would someone bother to attack a group of people who mean to do them no harm?

You can watch both episodes AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. This is a remarkable documentary and I was hoping it would go one for several more episodes. Stephen Fry is our hero.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Oct 27, 2013 8:09:59 PM

  2. I agree. I really thought there'd be more in the series & was disappointed to discover there were only two parts. Anyone who thinks boycotting Sochi (& all things Russian) is a bad idea might change their mind after the interview with that bonehead Vitaly Whatsisname. Things are not going to get better in Russia anytime soon.

    Posted by: Leroy Laflamme | Oct 27, 2013 11:44:11 PM

  3. Very refreshing documentary.

    Posted by: york | Oct 27, 2013 11:49:03 PM

  4. It was a fantastic show - really powerful and moving.

    My only criticism of the show was the inclusion of that greedy kappo Elton 'Uncle Tom' John. Someone like John who has a long and shameful history of putting his personal profit ahead of human or civil rights, is no friend to the LGBT community. He is a friend to his own bank balance - nothing more.

    Posted by: MaryM | Oct 28, 2013 5:14:11 AM

  5. Stephen Fry is one of my heroes... using logic and compassion to fight for the rights of all in our community around the world. So brave and I respect him greatly. Let's keep praying/working for equality of all our brothers and sisters.

    Posted by: Wayne | Oct 28, 2013 5:30:45 AM

  6. Wonderful and great BBC quality.

    Posted by: Matteo | Oct 28, 2013 7:07:49 AM

  7. fantastic

    Posted by: Tristram | Oct 28, 2013 9:33:06 AM

  8. Although he does have some power, thankfully only a small percentage of lunatics care about what Jair Bolsonaro has to say. He keeps doing these stupid things to get attention.

    Posted by: Syrax | Oct 28, 2013 2:33:34 PM

  9. Good on him for doing this. Well done.

    Posted by: Mark | Oct 28, 2013 4:28:07 PM

  10. I feel terrible for the fact that I laughed when some guy in Uganda thought he would "cure" a 14 year old lesbian by raping!? (at 26:00). I'm gonna bet that a woman who already isn't attracted to men isn't going to be convinced of it by rape...jesus christ. and that's usually the whole argument that what makes gay men and women gay in the first place is because they were molested, etc. apparently this guy thought the opposite.

    Posted by: steve | Oct 28, 2013 7:03:27 PM

  11. loved.

    Posted by: Joe | Oct 28, 2013 7:15:27 PM

  12. fantastic doc.

    Posted by: dave | Oct 28, 2013 7:33:49 PM

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