Ian McKellen Slamming Sports World for Rejecting Openly Gay Athletes

Ian McKellen

Ian McKellen, who is quite open with his sexual orientation, is disappointed with the fact that there is lack of support for openly gay athletes in sport industry.

Ian McKellen has slammed the sports world for failing to accept openly gay athletes, insisting many stars are too "afraid" to "come out". The openly homosexual "Lord of the Rings" actor is convinced many sports stars keep their sexuality secret, over fears they will face a negative backlash from fans if they are honest about their lifestyle.

And McKellen insists the sports industry needs to make some big changes to help homosexual athletes. He tells British radio station BBC Radio 5 Live, "When it comes to the business of simply being honest about who they are, some of them (sports stars) become little shrinking violets because they're afraid, probably, of being booed from the terraces, and that must be a horrible experience and shame on people who do it."

He adds, "But it ain't (sic) going to stop someone being a fantastic footballer because they're honest about their private lives, is it? I don't believe so and the world is changing and sport, I'm afraid, is very slow to catch up."

© AceShowbiz.com

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    Evan Darling
    Aug 20, 2010

    It really is a shame. I have been out for the past few years in my sport (auto racing) and there has not been too much in the way of negativity but there has been no support. I think that is the biggest fear...who wants to sponsor a gay athlete?

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