Stephen Fry: Out There

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  • 2013
  • 1 Season
  • 8.0  (639)

Stephen Fry: Out There was a two-part documentary series that aired on BBC Two in 2013. It followed Stephen Fry's journey to explore what it means to be gay in different cultures around the world. The show was a thought-provoking and emotional journey that shed light on the experiences of LGBTQ+ individuals in often difficult and oppressive societal contexts.

Throughout the series, Fry visited various countries, including Russia, Uganda, Brazil, and India, to speak with LGBTQ+ individuals about their experiences, beliefs, and struggles. He also met with activists, politicians, and religious leaders who had differing views on homosexuality, creating a nuanced portrayal of the issues and challenges that exist in different cultural contexts.

In the first episode, Fry traveled to Russia, where he met with members of the LGBTQ+ community who are facing increased oppression and persecution under the country's anti-gay laws. Through interviews with individuals who have experienced violence, discrimination, and bullying, as well as with advocates who are fighting for LGBTQ+ rights, Fry explored the challenges and dangers of being gay in Russia.

In the second episode, Fry traveled to Uganda, where homosexuality is illegal and punishable by life imprisonment. Through emotional interviews with LGBTQ+ individuals who have been persecuted and ostracized, as well as with political and religious leaders who support the country's harsh anti-gay laws, Fry delved into the complex cultural and political issues underlying Uganda's stance on homosexuality.

In addition to exploring the experiences of LGBTQ+ individuals in different countries, Fry also examined his own personal journey with his sexuality. Through candid reflections and interviews with close friends and family members, he discussed the challenges and joys of coming out, and how his experiences have shaped his understanding of the issues faced by the LGBTQ+ community worldwide.

The show was praised for its sensitive and nuanced portrayal of the challenges faced by LGBTQ+ individuals in different cultural contexts. It was also lauded for its thoughtful and thought-provoking approach, which allowed viewers to engage with complex issues in a sensitive and informative manner.

Overall, Stephen Fry: Out There was a powerful and compelling documentary series that shed light on the varying experiences of LGBTQ+ individuals around the world, highlighting the challenges, struggles, and triumphs of being gay in different cultural contexts. Fry's candid and emotional exploration of his own journey with his sexuality added an extra layer of depth and personal connection to the show, making it a must-see for anyone interested in LGBTQ+ issues or cultural diversity.

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Episode 2
2. Episode 2
October 16, 2013
This episode sees Stephen visit Brazil, home to the largest gay pride celebration in the world and a place that has some of the best legislation on the planet for gay equality. But it has come at a price. All of the advances have brought about a violent backlash against gay people; on average, one gay person is murdered every 36 hours in Brazil. Stephen sees how this is impacting on the lives of gay men and women there and also confronts the politician leading the fight against gay rights. Stephen also visits Russia, where gays are now worse off than they have been for a long time. Their rights are being constantly eroded by a conservative government, backed by the disapproval of the Russian Orthodox Church. Stephen then travels to India, where the old British laws that criminalised homosexuality have just been overturned. Modern India is now looking to Hindu traditions as it forges a more positive way forward for its gay citizens, including its once celebrated transgender community.
Episode 1
1. Episode 1
October 14, 2013
In the first of this two-part series, Stephen Fry reflects back on just how much has changed for gay people during his lifetime. He meets Elton John and David Furnish, the couple who inspired Stephen to be open about his sexuality as well as many others. This episode, Stephen travels to Uganda, where the government is considering a new law that would make homosexuality a capital crime - putting gay people to death for their sexuality. Stephen meets the men and women targeted by this proposed law and finds out the impact it is already having on their lives. Stephen also travels to the USA to explore 'reparative therapy', which claims to offer a 'cure' for being gay. Whilst in the states, he looks at how Hollywood deals with the gay issue by talking to Neil Patrick Harris, an openly gay man who continues to land leading roles.
  • Premiere Date
    October 14, 2013
  • IMDB Rating
    8.0  (639)