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George Takei: “‘Star Trek’ Creator Gene Roddenberry Was Aware Of My Sexual Orientation And Very Supportive”

takei-gay-490x670Some of the cast and creatives were aware that I was gay, and I did, on occasion, bring a male date to parties. Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry was aware of my sexual orientation and very supportive. That was the extraordinary thing about Star Trek. That we were a diverse crew of people representing so many colors, backgrounds and heritages. That was the promise of the future. And, now, in the J.J. Abrams reboot, an openly gay actor is playing a Vulcan in love with an African American. I’m not really surprised by this. Star Trek taught us to look ahead to a time where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dream was fulfilled. Being a part of that vision was — and has remained — a tremendous honor.”

–Actor/activist George Takei on whether his Star Trek castmates and creator knew he was gay while making the original iconic sci-fi series, in an interview with Huffington Post

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9 Comments

  • Wilbready

    Uncle George, you were and are a bright beacon of hope and inspiration! I may not know you personally, but your humor and insight always brighten my day. Best of luck to you and your beau!

  • 1EqualityUSA

    You’re hip.

  • 2eo

    From what I’ve seen and read about Roddenberry he was pleased to have such a varied cast as he was a lot of an egotist.

    But creating one of the biggest money spinning enduring franchises of all time gives you the right.

    Still boring though, except the new films which are superb.

  • BigWoody

    As George would say (in a deep baratone voice) “OH MY!”

  • Dakotahgeo

    You rock, George!!! May you live lonnnnnnng and prosper! (Where HAVE I heard THAT before???). ;-)

  • jwrappaport

    If it’s possible, I love Star Trek even more.

  • BritAus

    Thank you 2eo.
    There’s always one who has to be negative.
    Keep up the tradition, you miserable ____.

  • 2eo

    @BritAus: Basic literacy would prove beyond doubt what I said was not only not negative in any capacity but actually complimentary.

    But then basic literacy is out of your meagre grasp isn’t it.

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