Sir Ian McKellen Granted Freedom Of The City By Lord Mayor Of London

Ian McKellen at Cambridge

In honor of Pride, Lord Mayor of London Fiona Woolf granted Freedom of the City to Sir Ian McKellen at a Pride in London gala earlier this week. Noting that homophobia is still a problem in London, Woolf stressed the importance of diversity in thriving businesses and communities.

The City of London tweeted out that Sir Ian will receive his award, which is akin to being awarded the Key to the City here in the U.S., later this year.

In addition to Freedom of the City, he was also made an honorary doctor of letters by Cambridge University.


  1. Jim in TO says

    And of course don’t forget Toronto WorldPride today. More than 2 million are expected with temps around 32c/90f. Rev. Brent Hawkes of MCC Toronto (who conducted the first same-sex marriages in Canada) is the grand marshal. Thomas Mulcair (leader of the federal NDP party), Justin Trudeau (leader of the federal Liberal party), and Kathleen Wynne (premier of Ontario, who just happens to be a lesbian) will all be marching.

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