“I'm a civic busybody and I've been blessed with an active career."
- George Takei
George Takei, Japanese-American actor, director, and activist has captivated the public for decades.
Growing up in a Japanese internment camp after his home was uprooted in World War II, he struggled through racial prejudice in his daily life. In 1966, he became popular for his role as Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu on the television show, Star Trek. In 2005, he publicly declared himself as gay and has been admired for his work as an LGBT rights activist ever since.
Takei openly admitted to being gay in a copy of Frontiers magazine - in response to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s veto of same-sex marriage. In the article he says,
“It's not really coming out, which suggests opening a door and stepping through. It's more like a long, long walk through what began as a narrow corridor that starts to widen.”
Subsequently, Takei was interviewed by Howard Stern where he said
“We are masculine, we are feminine, we are caring, we are abusive. We are just like straight people, in terms of our outward appearance and our behavior. The only difference is that we are oriented to people of our own gender.”
George Takei is a spokesperson for the “Coming Out Project”, a human rights project focused towards encouraging LGBT people to be open about who they are. In 2006 he went on an “Equality Trek”, where he nationally spoke about his experiences coming out to the public and his life as a gay man.
Along with his support for LGBT rights, he also fights for the rights of minorities in the United States. Takei currently operates several social media accounts under his name where he posts about matters that are important to him as well as comedy.
George Takei is one of the most influential people of the LGBT community and is helping to make a more peaceful and loving environment for all minorities. Today, Gladeo recognizes and honors George Takei’s work for national LGBT pride month!
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Austin Sybouts, LGBT Pride Month Content Curator