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Stephen Fry Confronts Homophobia
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 10/15/13
Last updated on: 10/15/13
 
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Stephen Fry.

In a two-part program aired on the BBC on October 15 and 16, 2013, British actor and activist Stephen Fry confronts homophobia. In the documentary, which is entitled Stephen Fry: Out There, he travels to Brazil, Russia, Uganda, India, and the United States, to explore various manifestations of homophobia around the world, from Uganda's "kill the gays" bill to the U.S. as birthplace of reparative therapy.

In an interview for BBC Media Centre, Fry discusses the program, and says, "I know some people might watch this and go, 'Why does he have to go on about being gay? Who cares!' and that is my ideal position in the world. When the day comes when everyone says, 'who cares!' that would be bliss. I wish people didn't care."

In the video below, from Part One of the program, presented on October 15, Fry visits Los Angeles, where he confronts the issue of reparative therapy and meets briefly with Joseph Nicolosi of the National Association of Research and Therapy for Homosexuality (NARTH).

A notably versatile actor, Fry may best be known for his performance in the lead role of the film Wilde (1997), in which he seemed to embody perfectly the great playwright and victim of intolerance.

In addition, Fry is an accomplished comedian, novelist, memoirist, and philanthropist. He has become an increasingly outspoken advocate for gay rights. Most recently, he has strongly condemned the pogrom against gay people currently underway in Russia.

 
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