George Takei

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George Takei (born April 20, 1937) is a Japanese-American actor best known for his role as Hikaru Sulu in the original Star Trek television series. Having spent some of his childhood years in a Japanese internment camp during World War 2, Takei is an outspoken advocate for human rights and speaks out frequently on both racial and LGBT issues.

Takei's homosexuality was an open secret among Star Trek fans for decades and he did not conceal his involvement with LGBT rights organizations, but he did not publicly come out as gay until a 2005 interview with Frontiers magazine. He and his longtime partner, Brad Altman, were the first same-sex couple to apply for a marriage license in West Hollywood and the two were married on September 14, 2008.

In July 2016, actor John Cho, who plays Sulu in the reboot films, announced that the character would be portrayed as openly gay in the upcoming film Star Trek: Beyond as a tribute to Takei[1].

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