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Star Trek's George Takei Comes Out

TakeiAnd mainstream news outlets dig up the gayest possible 8-year-old AP photo (left) they can find to make the point.

Takei, who played Mr. Sulu on the long-running series, tells Frontiers Magazine: You know, 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. And then some doors are open and light comes in, and there are skylights and it widens. Brad’s my partner, we’ve been together for 18 years. So, I’ve been 'open,' but I have not talked to the press. In that sense, maybe that’s another opening of the corridor there.

Takei2He says joining L.A. running club Front Runners helped him come out as well: "And at a bar, you see a paper, and you see a gay running club. 'Oh, I’ll show up,' you think. People would see me and they were kind of astounded, but I ran with them, they saw that I’m George, not Sulu. So your frame of reference, your community broadens. And as I said, that corridor that was narrow becomes wider and brighter. And you start realizing that this is 'normal.' For me. There’s a lot of talk of normality. Equus (Takei is starring in a Los Angeles production) talks about this, too. The large popular normality is that rigid, constrained normality. But there’s another natural normality. And you come to realize, 'This is who I am. And by gum, I’m not going to let it be a constraint!'

Passion Play [frontiers magazine]

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  1. He's been gay to me ever since that shirtless, sabre-wielding episode...very hot!

    Posted by: Michael W. | Oct 28, 2005 9:54:47 AM


  2. Good for him. No real suprise though.

    Posted by: Donald | Oct 28, 2005 10:00:32 AM


  3. The only thing that irks me about stars coming out of the closet is that they always do it long after it's stopped mattering. He's not really a family name anymore, he has no real influence, it won't make a difference.

    Good for him, I say. I just wish he'd done this 30 years ago.

    Posted by: Dave | Oct 28, 2005 11:40:56 AM


  4. He reaally said "by gum"?

    Posted by: Tom | Oct 28, 2005 11:48:47 AM


  5. Come on Dave. People come out on their own schedule when their comfort level is good. Don't be critical of him. Celebrate the fact that he being true to himself and he is joinng many of us in the bright sunshine of outness.

    Posted by: Donald | Oct 28, 2005 1:09:12 PM


  6. I'm surprised this is news.

    He gave the keynote speach at the Orange County Gay and Lesbian Center Gala like three years ago. I think his partner was there too.

    Posted by: dendrite | Oct 28, 2005 1:52:21 PM


  7. C'mon, Dave. He should have come out 30 years ago? Maybe if "Star Trek" were just premiering now, and he was in his youth, I might see your point, but in the early to late 60s? Get real.

    Posted by: cafegogo | Oct 28, 2005 2:10:58 PM


  8. C'mon, Dave. He should have come out 30 years ago? Maybe if "Star Trek" were just premiering now, and he was in his youth, I might see your point, but in the early to late 60s? Get real.

    Posted by: cafegogo | Oct 28, 2005 2:11:26 PM


  9. Hi Andy, just curious: how did you find out that, er, fey AP photo is actually 8 years old?

    Posted by: egdam | Oct 28, 2005 3:19:52 PM


  10. It's okay, I just clicked on the "make the point" link and found out the answer.

    Posted by: egdam | Oct 28, 2005 3:22:21 PM


  11. Damn. I always thought it was DeForest 'Bones' Kelly. After all, he clearly continually bitchedslapped Spock because he hated Kirk's fondness for the Vulcan...

    Posted by: Giacomo | Oct 28, 2005 5:40:20 PM


  12. Sorry - 'bitch-slapped'.

    Waitaminute. Where's The Kirk himself in this scenario? What's Bill Shatner waiting for to come out, anyway? We all remember how Yeoman Janice Rand couldn't get anything off him, no matter how often she heaved her ageing breasts in the direction of the captain's chair.

    Also: Bill. You've spent your life as an acknowledged Canadian. Can a declaration of gayness be so much more embarrassing?

    Posted by: Giacomo | Oct 28, 2005 5:59:42 PM


  13. I'm saddened because the guy felt the stress of keeping this secret until he was 68! Dear lord! What a burden!

    Posted by: Joe | Oct 28, 2005 6:31:51 PM


  14. Ummm... Andy... I found a picture gayer... http://autoerratic.com/blog/uploaded_images/sulu-777165.jpg

    Posted by: JD | Oct 28, 2005 11:25:14 PM


  15. In spite of being redundant...

    We knew about this 25 years ago. It was never much of a secret.

    I can't see the point in this late-blooming urge to announce what everyone already knew. He must have a book coming out. Too bad he couldn't set an example, back when he was in a position to influence people, and we needed his help.

    Posted by: Jay Croce | Oct 29, 2005 3:41:26 PM


  16. "We knew about this 25 years ago. It was never much of a secret."

    'We' are not the straight world... 75-85% of the world's population is straight.


    "I can't see the point in this late-blooming urge to announce what everyone already knew."

    Think of all those Trekies (sp) who didn't know this and it will impress them in a positive manner, IF the press handles it correctly.


    "Too bad he couldn't set an example, back when he was in a position to influence people, and we needed his help."

    Yeah... like in 1965 when he'd be dead meat?


    "...and we needed his help."

    And we need EVERYONE'S help right NOW... unless you've forgotten we need VOTES to WIN elections... unless you rule as a dictator?

    Posted by: HisHolynessDPope | Nov 27, 2005 2:09:03 AM


  17. Waitaminute. Where's The Kirk himself in this scenario? What's Bill Shatner waiting for to come out, anyway? We all remember how Yeoman Janice Rand couldn't get anything off him, no matter how often she heaved her ageing breasts in the direction of the captain's chair.


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