More George Takei! His Coming Out!

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George Takei from Star Trek just talked to me about the social security website he's promoting, but also about his coming out as gay in 2005.

"It was liberating because I had been out quietly," Takei told me, "but when you're an actor, you do want to protect your career.

"I'd been out with family and friends and work colleagues, and they were cool enough to keep it under wraps.

"When you have wrap parties, the others bring their girlfriends or wives or husbands, and I'm always bringing a guy. They're cool. 'I get it'."

In our chat, Takei even managed to tie in his fight for equal rights with his social security thing.

"We have a problem with the Defense of Marriage Act," he said. "We want equality with social security as well. With an opposite sex couple, if one of them passes, the remaining spouse gets the benefits. We have marriage equality coming slowly. In California, we had it for six months. I married my longtime partner. We've been married for three years.

"But when I should pass, my husband will not be getting my social security. [Because of Prop 8.] We have to get rid of DOMA to get true democracy. That's another reason why I'm doing this public service announcement.

"Today, we have an African American President and we still have this old, antiquated prejudice against two people committed to each other!"

As for Tea Partiers wanting to slash down social security?

"They need to look at the larger picture rather than the hysterical, narrow focus they have," urged Takei, my new hero.

Let's beam them up!


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6 comments
Jonster
Jonster

At least he's pumping a (really good) gay cause. DOMA is the problem, he's right. DADT and DOMA have to go (literally) hand-in-hand. So many of these actors who come out in their 70s (Hi Tab, Hi Dr. Kildare) are just stumping for themselves and their hidden lives, and thinking "Aren't I the brave one." In a sense, they are, because their contributions, even after the fact, might make it easier for others before the fact. However, the truth remains. Women want their male stars as straight as they are. Even though it's all just a big fantasy, they feel emotionally tricked by closeted actors.

latenitebump
latenitebump

wow! you sure got to the bottom of things. my husband. what about the fallout in japan?now that he´s made his coins he can come out. out quietly.

F. Packer
F. Packer

George Takei is awesome; although credit is also due to Howard Stern, who celebrated George's talent and gayness and continues to give him a friendly forum in which to discuss his long term relationship with "Brad".

Dymphna1976
Dymphna1976

George is the coolest, sweetest guy ever. I wish him and Brad a long and happy marriage.

Indri
Indri

Well, like he said, he was protecting his career. At least he's honest about that.

Almay
Almay

Why do actors always say "I was always out"? Being out amongst friends is not the same as really being out--to the press.

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