The controversial Section 28 law in the UK was supposed to forbid the promotion of homosexuality in schools, and a chief proponent of the bill was then Home Secretary Michael Howard.
Sir Ian McKellen, the legendary Shakespearean actor known for such prolific roles ranging from Gandalf to King Lear, attempted to convince parliament and Howard to not follow through with what he believed to be a discriminatory law, yet did not succeed.
After the lobbying was over, Howard approached McKellen who he claims he was a huge fan of, and asked for an autograph. McKellen kindly took the piece of paper handed to him, and with a smile on his face signed, “Fuck off, I’m gay.”
Although Mckellen failed to succeed in his political campaign, he definitely made a point and the law was later removed in 2003.