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Geeks Out Celebrate Sir Ian McKellen


296 Ninth Avenue at 28th Street, New York, NY 10001

Thursday, 29 May 2014, 7–10 PM

“Personally, coming out was one of the most important things I’ve ever done, lifting from my shoulders the millstone of lies that I hadn’t even realized I was carrying.”
— Sir Ian McKellen

NEW YORK, NY: New York-based non-profit queer geek group Geeks OUT, the organization behind last fall’s Skip Ender’s Game campaign and the recent Game of Thrones-themed bar crawl “Game of Drunks: A Song of Ice and Vodka,” announce McKellen Me Softly, a one-night art show and party celebrating Sir Ian McKellen, on Thursday, May 29, 2014 in New York City, hot on the heels of his latest blockbuster, X-Men: Days of Future Past.

As advocates for the unique community that exists where the geek and LGBTQ worlds overlap, Geeks OUT applauds the fierce courage Sir Ian has shown by coming out publicly and living his life truthfully as well as the incredible talent and achievements that have made him a global box-office superstar. Whether a Shakespearean king, the father of Frankenstein, Tolkien’s most beloved wizard, or mutantkind’s most controversial savior—Sir Ian McKellen remains our shining knight.

In the tradition of 2012’s Takei Back the Night, which honored George Takei, and last year’s Dream Weaver, celebrating Sigourney Weaver, McKellen Me Softly will feature more than two dozen original works inspired by Sir Ian’s onscreen adventures and general fabulousness. All works will be raffled at the event and funds raised will go to support Geeks OUT’s mission fostering queer engagement in geek culture and hosting inclusive events across the country.

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Geeks OUT is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to rallying, empowering, and promoting the queer geek community. Visit to see more and find us on Facebook, Tumblr, and Twitter (@GeeksOUT).

CONTACT: Jono Jarrett,

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