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Friday, October 28, 2005

george takai comes out

Star Trek Actor George Takei Comes Out.

Wow! I think I heard a rumour about this a few months ago, but I just thought it was idle gossip: you know, the everybody is gay meme. I commend him for having the courage to talk about it. The article states he is 68 years old and has been in a relationship for 18 years! That is longer than many marriages last!!!

I can't imagine what it would be like to have to keep something like that a secret, something that is so very much a part of who you are. Maybe someday soon, sexual orientation will be a non-issue.

The current social and political climate also motivated Takei's disclosure, he said.

"The world has changed from when I was a young teen feeling ashamed for being gay," he said. "The issue of gay marriage is now a political issue. That would have been unthinkable when I was young."

The 68-year-old actor said he and his partner, Brad Altman, have been together for 18 years.

Takei, a Japanese-American who lived in a U.S. internment camp from age 4 to 8, said he grew up feeling ashamed of his ethnicity and sexuality. He likened prejudice against gays to racial segregation.

"It's against basic decency and what American values stand for," he said.

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