Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

George Takei

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

George Takei

Article excerpt

In 1966 George Takei, then 29, made TV history as an Asian-American actor in a leading role on a TV series, playing It. Hikaru Sulu on Star Trek. In October Takei made history again by telling Los Angeles LGBT magazine Frontiers that he's gay, in an interview about the East West Players stage production of Equus, in which he stars as psychiatrist Martin Dysart (through December 4).

You and your partner of 18 years, Brad Altman, have been out locally for years. Why did you come out now in the press?

I see the potential to contribute to [gay equality] as I have to the Japanese-American community and to the civil rights movement.

Even though you're third-generation American, from age 4 to 8 you were imprisoned with your family in a Japanese-American internment camp. How has that shaped you?

I remember how scary it was that day U.S. soldiers with bayonetted guns came to order us out of our home. …

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