George Takei, former Star Trek star and current king of the Internet, will be beaming into Manhattan on Sunday for New York Pride, where he’ll stand in solidarity with Jennifer Tyrrell, the Ohio mom ousted as a Boy Scout leader because she is a lesbian.
Takei, a former member of the Boy Scouts himself, will riding with Tyrrell and their respective spouses in GLAAD’s car at the parade, while local troops who also oppose the discriminatory policy march alongside.
In a statement, the out actor explained:
“Some of my best memories from my boyhood are of my scouting days. I played bass bugle in our troop’s drum and bugle corps. We marched in Fourth of July parades. We learned teamwork and brotherhood from camping together. The Boy Scouts built my character. As an adult, I was shocked and deeply disappointed to learn that the Scouts discriminate against LGBT people. This is contrary to the ideals of equality and fair play that I hold dear. The Boy Scouts must change.”
Takei has previously served as a spokesperson for the Scouts and received BSA awards in recognition of his leadership, but he says the youth group is in the wrong here. Both he and Tyrrell will be wearing their Boy Scout uniforms, while volunteers will don American Apparel’s equality tees, produced for LGBT Pride month.
Takei said riding in the parade is “going to be much more merry” with Tyrell and her wife, Alicia, joking, “I shouldn’t say merrier; I should say gayer! And much more balanced in orientation.”