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LOS ANGELES - George Takei, who as helmsman Sulu steered the Starship Enterprise through three television seasons and six movies, has come out as a homosexual in the current issue of Frontiers, a biweekly Los Angeles magazine covering the gay and lesbian community.

Takei told The Associated Press on Thursday that his new onstage role as psychologist Martin Dysart in "Equus," helped inspire him to publicly discuss his sexuality.

Takei described the character as a "very contained but turbulently frustrated man." The play opened Wednesday at the David Henry Hwang Theater in Los Angeles, the same day that Frontiers magazine featured a story on Takei's coming out.

The current social and political climate also motivated Takei's disclosure, he said.

"The world has changed from when I was a young teen feeling ashamed for being gay," he said. "The issue of gay marriage is now a political issue. That would have been unthinkable when I was young."

The 68-year-old actor said he and his partner, Brad Altman, have been together for 18 years.

Takei, a Japanese-American who lived in a U.S. internment camp from age 4 to 8, said he grew up feeling ashamed of his ethnicity and sexuality. He likened prejudice against gays to racial segregation.

"It's against basic decency and what American values stand for," he said.

Takei joined the "Star Trek" cast in 1966 as Hikaru Sulu, a character he played for three seasons on television and in six subsequent films. He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1986.

A community activist, Takei ran for the Los Angeles City Council in 1973. He serves on the advisory committee of the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program and is chairman of East West Players, the theater company producing "Equus."
 

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"Warp Six Chekov with your Photon Torpedo and never mind the Klingons hanging out around my docking bay!" :D
 

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I would have never known.:D

It was the 60's-70's in Hollywood. I bet the whole crew got coked up and banged each other a time or two. You know, like the brady bunch.

The question still reamins...
Is he a giver or a taker? I mean if someone feels the need to express their personal sexual preference to the world they might as well give the details.

I always wanted to be in the crowd when someone 'comes out' on TV or some big media event so I could yell back"how gay are you?" most would be happy to tell you ,but nobody ever asks.

On second thought, no thanks I don't need to know.:eek:
 

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i can not wait for the day when people do not have to come out. they can just either say they are gay or not and no one thinks it is a big deal.no one automatically wonders if you are top or bottom.or assumes you are a sexual deviant who does everyone because you are gay. I do not think it is so much that they want to make it public as why should they hide it. most people who are hetero do not think twice about talking about there relationships. when you are gay you need to make sure you do not say certain things until you come out.
 

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I think the reason why people "come out" as opposed to coming right out and saying they're gay, is because the very flamboyant homosexuals are the ones that give the entire lifestyle a bad name. It's like they have to be absolutely blatant for reasons unknown to show they're more feminine than girls. Also, I think people are tired of the grandstanding they do about having special rights as opposed to equal rights. Excuse me, that is a sexual preference not a racial or gender issue. I don't believe someone should be discriminated against because of sexual preference, race or gender but I'll be damned if I support a special rights agenda instead of a fair equal rights one just because you want the world to know you prefer to pack fudge rather than tuna. Not only no, but **** no!

This is all just my opinion. Sorry if I stepped on any toes.
 

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Sulu is still cool, gay or straight.:cool:
 
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