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George Takei, ‘Star Trek’ Star, On Coming Out, LGBT Rights And ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Bill

US-ENTERTAINMENT-HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME STAR-WALTER KOENIG

George for President!

by Michelangelo Signorile

George Takei says there’s a not-so-secret mission — or two — behind the bitingly funny videos and Facebook updates which the “Star Trek” legend posts regularly to his 3.5 million Facebook followers, who grow by 40,000 per week.

“I think my new image as a comic observer of society happened as a result of a very serious mission I have,” he explained in an interview on my SiriusXM OutQ program this week, while also weighing in on Jodie Foster’s coming out; President Obama’s embrace of gay rights in his inaugural address; Arnold Scwharzenegger turning his back on the gay community; Tennessee Sen. Stacey “Don’t Say Gay” Campfield; and being an openly gay entertainer spearheading LGBT rights. (Listen to the full interview below)

With a new book, “Oh Myyy! (There Goes the Internet),” and a musical headed to Broadway — “Allegiance,” which focuses on the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II — Takei, who became a regular on “The Howard Stern Show” in 2006, a year after he came out as gay, says all the attention is even more wonderful because it can serve a higher purpose.

“My life mission has been to raise the awareness in America of a World War II chapter of our history when innocent American citizens, simply because they looked like the people who bombed Pearl Harbor, were incarcerated,” he explained. “The thing that brought me to social media is that we developed a musical about the internment of Japanese-Americans. We wanted it to go to Broadway. But we had a marketing challenge: How do you sell a musical on a very dark and shameful chapter that people know little about and understand even less? And the way to do it is the communication medium of the 21st century, social media.”

Read Full Interview HERE

 

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