In an interview with the UK’s Evening Standard, Ian McKellen got thinking about masculinity and declared that gay men are more masculine than straight men.
“I think gay men are more masculine than straight men,” McKellen said. “Because, guess what? They love other men!”
“So when bully boys say: “Faggot!” you say, ‘That’s right, I’m with the boys.”
These comments came in response to McKellen’s rejection of masculinity defined by the glorification of war. “The people who start wars, perpetuate them and glory in them. “God save our gracious Queen, send her victorious?” I’m sorry. What does that mean?,” McKellen said.
“If that’s what masculinity is then I don’t want any part of it at all.”