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'Game of Thrones' star Kristian Nairn confused over Northern Ireland's anti-LGBTQ stance

The openly gay actor portrayed the loveable Hodor in the hit series

2019-03-18

Game of Thrones star Kristian Nairn says it’s hard to be an ‘ambassador’ for Northern Ireland due to its anti-LGBTQ stance.

Currently, Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK or Ireland that still bans marriage for same-sex couples, despite there being increasing support among the public and the Northern Ireland Assembly.

And in an interview with Thompson Reuters Foundation, Nairn – who is best known for playing Hodor in the hit fantasy series (sad face) – admitted he is confused about why his home country is a “little step behind”.

Nairn, who is openly gay, said: “It confuses me why we always have to be that little step behind on social issues like this.

“It makes it hard to be an ambassador from here. There’s a lot of very amazing things about Northern Ireland, but the gay rights issues are definitely not one of them.”