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    Star Trek's Sulu Comes Out

    George Takei, 'Trek's' Sulu: I'm gay

    LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- George Takei, who as "Star Trek's" Sulu was part of the Starship Enterprise crew through three television seasons and six movies, has come out as a homosexual in the current issue of Frontiers, a biweekly Los Angeles magazine covering the gay and lesbian community.

    Takei told The Associated Press on Thursday that his new onstage role as psychologist Martin Dysart in "Equus," helped inspire him to publicly discuss his sexuality.

    Takei described the character as a "very contained but turbulently frustrated man." The play opened Wednesday at the David Henry Hwang Theater in Los Angeles, the same day that Frontiers magazine featured a story on Takei's coming out.

    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.

    Takei joined the "Star Trek" cast in 1966 as Hikaru Sulu, a character he played for three seasons on television and in six subsequent films. He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1986.

    A community activist, Takei ran for the Los Angeles City Council in 1973. He serves on the advisory committee of the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program and is chairman of East West Players, the theater company producing "Equus."
    This was a surprise to me. Mostly because I was thinking he was married to a woman. Guess not. I'm glad he feels comfortable enough in his own skin to tell the truth now. Good for him.
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    Boldly going where no man has gone before...

    Oh, well. Good to see that Sheryl Swoopes is inspiring others to come out. No one should feel he or she has to hide who he or she is.

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    Premium Member speedbump's Avatar
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    This was a surprise. Not because he's gay, but because I already thought he was out all along.

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    FORT Fan Shaybo's Avatar
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    WOW. I didn't know heck I didn't even think he was married to a woman

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    I always thought he was out. *sigh*
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    I read his autobiography and never got a clue about this, heck, if he feels comfortable doing it....more power to him. But i too always thought he was married to a woman.

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    Geez, I thought he was married to a woman all this time too. Where have I been?
    It was me. I let the dogs out.

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    I thought he was already "out" also. Maybe it's an "avid" trekkie thing, which I am.

    But it's the way things were in the past while I was growing up, that was something (especially) being a celebrity, you just didn't want to admit. The rumors about Rock Hudson were crazy...who back then would have thought Rock, "The Ladies Man", could have been gay. Most people just couldn't believe it back then. Yet, everybody felt Liberace was. It's too bad they had to deny who they were. Rock Hudson was one handsome man and Liberace was one talented musician. I would have still loved them both! Their lifestyle is none of my business.

    The one celebrity that did surprise me was Robert Reed, from the Brady Bunch, he really did keep it from the public. But, he shouldn't have had to, and I feel bad that he felt he did.

    Why can't good people just be who they are?

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    Wow, what a surprise. Hadn't had a clue.

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    George Takei, and earlier this month 50's teen idol Tab Hunter, the whole world's going gay!

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