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George Takei and Brad Altman Marry in Los Angeles

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GLAAD's Damon Romine attended the weekend wedding of former Star Trek actor and outspoken gay activist George Takei to his partner of 21 years, Brad Altman.

Romine snapped a few shots, including the one above. Video, AFTER THE JUMP...

From GLAAD's report on the nuptials, which took place at the Democracy Forum of the Japanese American National Museum, "the museum Takei helped create to honor those forced, as he was, to live in WWII internment camps.": "Officiated by a Buddhist priest, the ceremony featured koto music and the san-san-kudo sake ritual. Takei, 71, and Altman, 54, exchanged matching turquoise wedding bands designed by Navajo silversmith Clyde Woody. The couple wrote their own vows. 'I vow to care for you as you’ve cared for me … and to love you as my husband and the only man in my life,' Takei said as he held Altman’s hands. The priest then pronounced them 'spouses for life.' A bagpiper led the newlyweds to their reception as family and friends greeted the couple with streamers and confetti."

Video of the wedding procession, AFTER THE JUMP...

Congrats to the happy couple.

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Takei and Altman will travel to Argentina and Peru on their honeymoon.

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  1. Oh, wow, is that Nichelle Nichols? She looks great!

    Posted by: Michael W. | Sep 15, 2008 8:15:51 AM


  2. While this is great news, I urge the gay community to consider the hypocrisy of the entertainment media in how they treated Takei as compared to Ellen. When Ellen got married, she got the royal treatment, with a full front cover and ample coverage in magazines like People. On the other hand, Takei apparently gets only a small story inside. I checked the People website a few minutes ago, and there's only six short paragraphs on Takei. Talk about double standards.

    If you want an example of the entertainment industry's hypocrisy and homophobic double standards, look no further than People magazine's disparate treatment here. It's my strongly-held view that the entertainment industry - and liberals in general - have a double standard whose basis is male-specific homophobia.

    Still thinking of voting liberal/Democrat? If you do, you've got rocks in your head. They're our enemy in terms of how they demonize or minimize the male-male interaction.

    Posted by: jason | Sep 15, 2008 8:32:45 AM


  3. Jason, to put things bluntly, get real. Ellen Degeneres is the host of a current, daily talk show who married a fairly well-known actress. Takei is best known for a role from the 1960s. People magazine is a business and they knew they would sell copies with Ellen on the cover. Takei, probably less so.

    Posted by: homer | Sep 15, 2008 8:43:41 AM


  4. There are many factors that might have entered into the difference of coverage that we might be in on. To automatically assume it is a double standard is jumping the couch a bit too fast for this Towleroadian. Plus People magazine is not my first example of "the liberal media". To put this at the door of the "Liberal/Democrat" is, in my opinon, ludicrous. And finally, for a republican to use the word "hypocrisy", ... well that speaks for itself, Oh.. and if you think voting in more of the bush/neo con crap that' ruined this country is going to make things better for us Gays, then YOU are the one with "rocks in your head".

    Posted by: Reggie | Sep 15, 2008 8:45:08 AM


  5. There are many factors that might have entered into the difference of coverage that we might be in on. To automatically assume it is a double standard is jumping the couch a bit too fast for this Towleroadian. Plus People magazine is not my first example of "the liberal media". To put this at the door of the "Liberal/Democrat" is, in my opinon, ludicrous. And finally, for a republican to use the word "hypocrisy", ... well that speaks for itself, Oh.. and if you think voting in more of the bush/neo con crap that' ruined this country is going to make things better for us Gays, then YOU are the one with "rocks in your head".

    Posted by: Reggie | Sep 15, 2008 8:46:36 AM


  6. Jason - if you'd read the story on People's site you'd have seen that their next issue isn't out until Friday. The wedding was yesterday; how could there have been a front cover yet? Even if there isn't one, I'm sure it'll be purely down to the evil liberal bisexual conspiracy (and not the fact that Ellen is a much bigger star than Takei at this moment in time)?

    I've read your comments for months now, and I can't believe you're seriously suggesting the Democrats are the villains when it comes to demonising gays. I'm far more worried about yet another presidency that'll let the religious right take a dump all over us, again.

    ANYWAY, congratulations to George and Brad - they both look fantastic, and so happy.

    Posted by: Chris | Sep 15, 2008 8:50:22 AM


  7. Jason, your argument is so unsupported that it is, frankly, perhaps better left alone, but i just can't resist. it is at the very height of illogical reactionism, and makes me think you did not spend a single second considering alternative explanations, the landmark sin of hypocrites everywhere.

    the most cursory of research will confirm to you that Degeneres is simply far, far more well-known and more visibly active in current events than Takei.

    as for politics... i don't even know how to address what you've said, since there's simply no link, however tenuous, between media coverage of a B-list celebrity wedding and the progressive democratic platform. Obama is more openly supportive of our community (which i say as a gay man) than any prior major party nominee (for example openly opposing California's Proposition 8 this year, which is a bold and dangerous political stance for him to take). and the alternative is scarier for our community than i can imagine: McCain would model his supreme court appointments on the justices who voted against us in Lawrence v. Texas (look it up), and Palin thinks she's on a mission from god to ban books discussing homosexuality from public libraries without even having read them. for years, republicans everywhere have cynically used us as a political tool to activate their scared, hateful, bigoted base.

    please stop and reexamine your beliefs and attitudes, or at the very least, pause for a full five minutes before you next post something online and consider--in advance--what your opponents' counter-arguments will be. then we might actually get somewhere!

    Posted by: le_sacre | Sep 15, 2008 9:15:10 AM


  8. And how fabulous does Nichelle Nichols look?

    Posted by: The Milkman | Sep 15, 2008 9:19:19 AM


  9. To the Milkman: Exactly! I would have used the word "fabulous" in my comment but I didn't want to sound stereotypical (not that you do) because if the word ever applies, it certainly does to Nichelle in that photo!

    Posted by: Michael W. | Sep 15, 2008 9:33:48 AM


  10. People! Please stop feeding it. It thrives on attention so if we leave it alone it will starve to death and go away.

    Posted by: D.R.H. | Sep 15, 2008 9:38:37 AM


  11. Well of course Ellen is going to be more well known. The liberal media is known to promote gay or bisexual females at the expense of gay or bisexual men. The disparate treatment is there for all of you to see. It is not something that has happened randomly. Rather, the liberal media CHOOSES to promote the females at the expense of the males. It's a pattern which defines liberalism.

    Look at the scant coverage that TR Knight gets. He's on one of the most popular shows (Grey's Anatomy), is going out with a man, yet gets minimal coverage from the liberal rags. Earth to gay community: liberals do NOT like gay or bisexual men, especially their displays of affection. It's their defining hypocrisy.

    Posted by: jason | Sep 15, 2008 9:42:53 AM


  12. Some trivia for you guys

    Who were the producers of the socially ground breaking Star Trek?

    :-)

    Tic toc Tic Toc

    DesiLou productions. Desi Arnez and Lucille Ball brought the groundbreaking international/ inter racial interactions of Star Trek to the American public.


    more Trivia

    Nichele Nichols likes to tell the story in interviews of how she was going to quit the show, but Martin Luther King Jr told her she should stay on since it was the only thing that showed a black woman as anything other than a maid.

    :-)

    Damn, I'm a geek

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Sep 15, 2008 9:50:02 AM


  13. I know other people have said it, but wow! Nichelle Nichols looks amazing. Lt. Uhura is still hot after all these years.

    Posted by: sam | Sep 15, 2008 9:53:11 AM


  14. Even more trivia for you...

    George and Brad met at a FrontRunners run. FrontRunners clubs organize weekly runs/walks for gays and lesbians in cities all around the world. I've been a member of FrontRunners for about 10 years, and it really is a great way to get in shape and meet new people outside the bar/online scene.

    Posted by: crispy | Sep 15, 2008 10:06:34 AM


  15. "Still thinking of voting liberal/Democrat? If you do, you've got rocks in your head."

    I can only imagine what's sloshing around in that head of yours, Jason. One-note trolls are the most pathetic kind. Don't encourage him, boys.

    Posted by: Ernie | Sep 15, 2008 10:35:04 AM


  16. Crispy

    Cool group. I checked out the website. Hint to everyone else. Do frontrunners and your city. The only overall website was for Frontrunners International,do your city and you will find your local chapter.

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Sep 15, 2008 1:11:32 PM


  17. I like it when gay weddings break the mold and don't try to emulate str8 weddings and their mummified rituals.

    Posted by: anon | Sep 15, 2008 1:41:49 PM


  18. Don't you just love gay weddings, I do.

    Posted by: Dawnell_do | Sep 15, 2008 2:25:00 PM


  19. Nichols looks fantastic. Check out her song "Let's Trip" from the 60's....it's as awesome as you'd hope it would be

    Posted by: brian z | Sep 15, 2008 5:47:02 PM


  20. Nichols looks fantastic. Check out her song "Let's Trip" from the 60's....it's as awesome as you'd hope it would be

    Posted by: brian z | Sep 15, 2008 5:49:03 PM


  21. I think it's wonderful that George finally got to marry the person he loves. Now, if we can only get 'Star Trek' to admit that homosexuals exist ...

    Posted by: Rodney | Sep 15, 2008 8:44:52 PM


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