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Check out George Takei's Witty Answers to Dumb Questions About Gay People

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No one at this point should be questioning the comedic genius that is George Takei, but anyone in doubt (and everyone else, for that matter) should take a look at his most recent collaboration with BuzzFeed, wherein he answers burning questions from the straights about gays. Fielding such inquiries as, "Why do gay guys always hit on me please stop" [sic] and "Why can't gay guys have babies :'( they would make such beautiful babies" [sic], George replies with wit and aplomb...and occasionally a mimosa.

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George Takei Shares Love Story of How He and Husband Brad Altman Met: VIDEO

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In a new video for Oprah: Where Are They Now?, George Takei shares the story of how, while in a gay running group in 1987, he met and fell in love with the best runner in the club - a man named Brad Altman.

Altman and Takei tied the knot in September 2008.

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George Takei Provides Last Minute Funding For Indie Boy Scout Series: VIDEO

Camp Abercorn, the crowdfunded web series focusing on the culture associated with being a part of the Boy Scouts of America, has met its fundraising goal thanks to a last minute donation from none other than George Takei late last Friday.

7437525714_1e9142282a_z“As a former Boy Scout myself, it pains me deeply that the BSA still boots out gay Scouts when they turn 18,” Takei wrote in a Facebook post. “This web series will help educate and inform, as well as entertain. That gets a big thumbs up from me.”

In 2013, more than 60% of the the Boy Scouts of America’s voting members moved to lift its previous ban on gay-identified individuals from participating in the organization as scouts. Openly gay adults, conversely, are still barred from being active troop leaders or employees of the BSA. The Compass Guides of America, a fictional analogue to the BSA, and its similar anti-gay bylaws will serve as a backdrop for one of Camp Abercron’s main plotlines, says series creator Jeffrey Simon.

An openly gay Eagle Scout himself, Simon is drawing heavily on his own experience with the BSA to create a story that he describes not as an autobiographical tale, but rather a love letter to camp.

“Our stories celebrate the true value of Scouting and confront its faults in an honest way,” he expressed in a press release.

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George Takei: Star Trek's Gene Roddenberry Wasn't Ready For a Gay Storyline

Screenshot 2014-07-23 13.36.27George Takei took some time out of his busy schedule of being generally awesome to stop by Bill Maher’s Real Time hot seat last Friday to talk about the gay-themed episode of Star Trek that never was. Takei, who was not publically out as a gay may while he was playing the role of Hikaru Sulu, claims that the cast and crew of the hit series were very well aware of his sexuality.

“But they were cool about it,” Takei explained. “Because they [knew] that if they made a public statement about it or made it very obvious then my career would be destroyed.”

Star Trek, known for pushing the conversation about a number of social issues forward through the use of allegory, wasn’t quite ready for a plotline dealing with homosexuality, Takei said. Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, to whom Takei pitched the idea, feared that in pushing the envelope too far, the show might run the risk of being cancelled and losing its ability to make any kind of social commentary.

Check out a clip for Takei's new documentary To Be Takei about his life on Star Trek and a gay cultural icon AFTER THE JUMP...

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George Takei Gives TED Talk On Why He Loves The Country That Betrayed Him: VIDEO

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George Takei recently gave a TEDx talk in Kyoto Japan about being sent to an internment camp for Japanese-Americans as a child during World War II and how that experience shaped his perception of democracy and led him to be the outspoken activist and patriot he is today. Takei said his father was his greatest teacher when it came to understanding the contradictions inherent in the American democracy:

He told me that our democracy is a people’s democracy and it can be as great as a a people can be but is also as fallible as people are. He told me that American democracy is vitally dependent on good people who cherish the ideals of our system and actively engage in the process of making our democracy work. 

For Takei, it was his father along with the decorated Japanese-American servicemen who risked their lives for their country in World War II that left him with a specific legacy and a responsibility: 

I am dedicated to making my country an even better America, to making our government an even truer democracy and because of the heroes that I have and the struggles that we've gone through I can stand before you as a gay Japanese American but even more than that I am a proud American. 

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DIRECTV Previewing 'To Be Takei' Through August 6: VIDEO

TakeiBrace yourself and gird your Facebook feed — a viral tsunami is headed our way. It's To Be Takei, the Sundance-acclaimed documentary about George Takei — man, legend, Internet institution, and sex symbol — the latter title, as bestowed by Dan Savage in the film's trailer. Starting tomorrow, Friday July 3, the film will be available on DIRECTV Cinema, via DIRECTV and Starz Digital Media. It screens there through August 6, giving DIRECTV users a chance to watch the film in advance of its wide release.

In the years following his iconic portrayal of Sulu on Star Trek, Takei has built a cult following for his Facebook updates, his political outspokenness, and his great sense of humor. ("I was the best helmsman in the galaxy... and put to rest all that stereotype about Asian drivers.") The new documentary gives us a glimpse into the actor's personal life. He discusses his coming out story, and his 18-year relationship with husband Brad Altman.

At the end of the film trailer, 77-year-old Takei assures us "It's okay to be Takei!" Much less "okay," I would argue "being Takei" is aspirational!

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