Bisexual Actor Stephen Fry Fights Homophobia, See the Series Here
Stephen Fry, an openly bisexual actor, who is married to a man in Great Britain, has released on You Tube a dramatic series that fights homophobia called “Out There.” The 57-year-old comic actor takes on some of the most famous anti-gay activists and leaders in the world, from Uganda to Russia, India to Brazil. He also talks to reparative therapy experts in Los Angeles, and challenges them.
In his autobiography, Fry points out that he is “only 90 percent gay” because he is also attracted to women. He talks about two women in particular: one of them novelist Caroline Oulton, and the other is Sunetra Sastry, who is married to his best friend Rowan Atkinson (“Mr. Bean”). Fry was the best man at their wedding.
“I am pretty damned gay, but every now and again on my path through life I have met a woman in the ten per cent bracket,” Fry says.
In the first episode (see both links on this page), after an argument with a homophobic pastor, he says that he hasn’t had sex with a man the way the pastor claims. “You are obsessed with the anus.” Fry says his love with a man involves cuddling and fellatio and not penetration.
Fry has been on the “Doctor Who” TV series in 2001 and 2002 and in movies such as “V for Vendetta,” “Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story,” the voice of the Cheshire cat in “Alice in Wonderland” and most recently the Master of Laketown in “The Hobbit” movies.
He labels himself “gay” because it’s easier, and recalls being a young teen in the 1970s who was inspired by “one of the most famous people on the planet willing to throw it all away by coming out.” That was Elton John, and he goes to the house with John and his husband David Furnish. John does not discuss his bisexual past, or his previous marriage to Renate Blauel from 1984 to 1988.
Fry was motivated by reports that in 19 different countries around the United Kingdom there was a large rise in homophobic attacks.
In the second episode, he talks about drag queens and discrimination in Russia. In Brazil he confronts politicians who are trying to curb gay behavior in the country. His challenges are upsetting, frightening and comical all at the same time. He also talks to the children of bisexual parents in Russia, and the issues they face. In the second episode, there’s a bisexual woman in India about 44 minutes into the show who talks about her problems about the legal issues. A lot of the discussion is frank and brutal. But, he does shine a proper mirror on all the hypocrisy.
Mike Szymanski has written about bisexual issues since 1989 and has one of the longest-running regular bisexual columns as the National Bisexuality Examiner. He came out as bisexual in a cover story of Genre magazine, which resulted in more than 50 television appearances, including Ricki Lake, Phil Donahue Show and 20/20. Szymanski won the Lambda Literary Award in 2007 for co-authoring an informative humor book “The Bisexual’s Guide to the Universe: Quips, Tips and Lists for Those Who Go Both Ways.” Write him at Mike@bisexual.org