Robbie Rogers left the game, Justin Fashanu killed himself." He goes further by revealing that "there’s a rumour that a major sporting brand has had a six-figure sponsorship deal on the table for the past five years for the first Premiership footballer to come out and no one’s taken it.” As Tovey explains, it could be that sexuality threatens the bond between sportsman: “It’s easier for Tom Daley because he’s a solo diver. Sending it out there; see what happens’ “I messaged him and said, ‘I’m proud of you, it’s brilliant what you’ve done, mate’. If there was a younger actor wondering whether to come out, I’d advise them, definitely.” Tovey knows just how remarkable it is that he hasn’t been typecast as an actor.What if you’re part of the rugby club on tour — touching each other’s dicks, they do very homoerotic acts, all fine because they’re straight — then they suddenly find out someone is gay? “I get letters and messages on Twitter saying I’ve become a bit of a role model, which is wonderful.” He says he had.before it was announced that the Eleventh Doctor would be played by Matt Smith.
“In my generation the agenda was about legal change,” says Christine Burns.
“Nowadays it is about social change.”In the past couple of years Lees appeared as Channel 4 and Radio 1’s first trans woman presenter and founded magazine – as well as being a Pink List judge in 20.
If you want a taste of his adorable side, check out his Instagram pics, which typically feature him solo with his French bulldog.
But don't get any ideas that he's single, according to a new story published in London's the actor playing my boyfriend in the series is straight, and "for the first time in my career, I felt a responsibility to him, to make sure he didn’t feel I was taking advantage.” Tovey has mostly played straight roles up until now (we loved him as the sometimes-nude werewolf in the British version of in London, a play directed by John Tiffany (at the Royal Court Upstairs from January 13 to March 4), in which he plays a teenage soccer player on his way to becoming a Beckham-style superstar (his co-star is 's Gary Carr).
Last Saturday was Gay Pride Day in London, an annual reminder of the battles fought over the years and won (and which last week saw the US edge ever closer to recognising marital equality on a federal level, even as our own equal marriage bill progresses through Parliament here).
The weekend after next my husband and I will be marking the first anniversary of our own wedding in New York last July.
Otherwise on the slightly hotpotch list, there's also Neil Patrick Harris (at number 36, who hosted Broadway's Tony Awards for four of the last five years), our own Craig Revel Horwood (at number 48, currently in rehearsal for a production of Dempsey and Rowe's The Witches of Eastwick that he's directing at Newbury's Watermill Theatre later this month), Russell Tovey (at 49, once one of the original line-up of Alan Bennett's The History Boys at the National with fellow gay cast member Samuel Barnett, plus Dominic Cooper, James Corden and Jamie Parker, amongst others), Pineapple's Louie Spence (at 70, and also these days a panto star), producer and theatre owner Cameron Mackintosh (at 77), actress and occasional director Fiona Shaw (at 84), and playwright Jonathan Harvey (at 93).
Though , of course, publishes the annual Stage 100 list of Britain's most influential theatre makers across the board, we do not subdivide it for sexuality.
Tovey played werewolf George Sands, one of three supernatural housemates in the drama Being Human.