Actor Ian McKellen may be the most decorated of Britain’s bent boys:
Sir Ian McKellen has spoken of his happiness at becoming a Companion of Honor for services to drama and equality.
“I am honored to join an Order which includes such distinguished practitioners in the arts. It is particularly pleasing that ‘equality’ is included in my citation,” he said.
The Oscar-nominated actor is a founder member of gay rights organization Stonewall.
He was awarded a knighthood in 1990 and describes himself as “one of the very few openly gay knights”.
The Order of the Companions of Honour consists of the Queen and only 65 ordinary members.
Recipients include Lucian Freud, Harold Pinter, Sir David Hockney and Dame Judi Dench.
McKellen’s next film role isn’t so honorable: he’s playing South African colonizer Cecil Rhodes, a man many called queer.