That blog is so Takei

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That blog is so Takei!

Captain's Blog, Supplemental

When I decided to compile my thoughts in a more organized fashion, my niece said, “Oh, a blog!”  So I suppose I now have a “blog.”  What I don’t have yet is many followers, so please come back often, share the content, and tell your friends to spread me wide.  I hope to put out a thought or two regularly, and I do promise to read and respond to as many fan comments as I can get to! Oh Myy!

Jul 1, 2014
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Hobby Lobby Ain’t A Church, It’s a For Profit Business.

"Religious Freedom" Run Amok: How The U.S Supreme Court Believes Corporations Are People, Yet Treats Women Inhumanely

A 5-4 majority of the U.S. Supreme Court (comprised of all men) delivered a stunning set-back for women’s reproductive rights in the Hobby Lobby case yesterday. The conservative majority ruled that a crafts chain store (here, one with over 500 outlets) whose owners espouse “sincere religious beliefs” can refuse to provide insurance covering contraception to its female employees.

Feb 21, 2014
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Razing Arizona

If the "turn away the gay" bill becomes law, be ready to face the fire, Arizona.

Dear Arizona,

Congratulations. You are now the first state actually to pass a bill permitting businesses–even those open to the public–to refuse to provide service to LGBT people based on an individual’s “sincerely held religious belief.” This “turn away the gay” bill enshrines discrimination into the law. Your taxi drivers can refuse to carry us. Your hotels can refuse to house us. And your restaurants can refuse to serve us.

Oct 17, 2013
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2013 Halloween Costume Contest

Are you ready for another wickedly fun Halloween Costume Contest? I sure am.

Hello, Friends!

To enter the contest, submit a photo (see submission form, below) no later than midnight on Halloween (PDT) in one of our four categories (Adult Individual, Adult Group, Children or Pets) with a caption describing your theme.

Brad and I will pick finalists in each category and fans will have 24 hours to vote for the winner. The winners of the Group, Children and Pets categories will each receive an Allegiance Postcard autographed by me.

Aug 6, 2013
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It’s Time to Move the Olympics

Why Russia Should Not Be Permitted To Host the 2014 Winter Olympics In Sochi, and Why They Should Instead Be Moved To Another Host City

It’s been bubbling for some time, but the controversy over Russia’s draconian “gay propaganda” law has now boiled over.Last week, Russia’s Sports Minister confirmed that the country intends to enforce its laws against visiting LGBT athletes, trainers and fans, meaning anyone even so much as waving a rainbow flag (and I presume many men enthusiastically watching and dramatically commenting on figure skating) would be arrested, held for weeks and then deported.Given this position, the IOC must do the right thing, protect its athletes and the fans, and move the 2014 Winter Olympics out of Russ

Jun 27, 2013
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A defeat for DOMA — and the end of ‘ick’

My OpEd in the Washington Post

Forty-four years nearly to the day after drag queens stood their ground against a police raid on the Stonewall Inn, sparking rioting in New York City and marking the beginning of America’s gay rights movement, our nation’s highest court at last held that a key section of the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional.Amazingly, since Stonewall, the question of LGBT rights has evolved from whether homosexuals should have any place in our society to whether ga

May 6, 2013

Meme Me Up, Scotty

In celebration of having 4,000,000 fans on Facebook, let's have a "make-a-meme" contest.

In celebration of reaching 4,000,000 fans on Facebook, let’s have a “make-a-meme” contest!  Here’s how to participate: Using the image of me playing the role of “CAPTAIN” Sulu of the Excelsior as I sip my morning tea, submit your ideas for a Meme that captures what I am thinking at that very moment. Use the entry form below, and you’ll have a chance to win a personalized autographed photo!

For inspiration, here are some examples of Takei Tea moments:

Jan 15, 2013
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“I don’t even think of you as gay.” Well, you should.

Why Coming Out, and the Fact that Public Figures Such as Jodie Foster Go Public With their Sexuality, Still Matters

When Jodie Foster spoke at the Golden Globe Awards about her long-time partner, and the kids they had together and the family they built, many people gave a collective shrug of “so what.” In some ways, it is heartening to see society greet an actor’s coming out as a non-event. It means we have made progress. At the same time, actors such as myself who spent years in the Celluloid Closet know what a big step it is, and continues to be.

Dec 13, 2012
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We Are Not Murderers, Mr. Scalia

Why Justice Scalia Should Recuse Himself from the Marriage Equality Cases

This past Monday, when speaking at Princeton University, Justice Scalia of the U.S. Supreme Court made a grotesque and astonishing statement. In response to a student’s question about his unyielding support of laws that would ban consensual sexual relations between gay people, even in the privacy of their own homes, Justice Scalia responded, “If we cannot have moral feelings against homosexuality, can we have it against murder?”

Dec 8, 2012
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Stop Making Me Turn Off My Kindle

Why The FAA's Archaic Regulations on e-Readers, Tablets and Other Safe Personal Electronic Devices Make No Sense and Ought to Be Changed

UPDATE: Since publishing this blog post last December, the FAA agreed to review the rules for the use of certain electronic devices such as eReaders. (Don’t worry, they’re not considering allowing the use of cellphones.) They are meeting this week, in fact, to consider changes to their regulations. Please sign the petition to the left here to let them know that things like tablets and eReaders shouldn’t need to be turned off and put away during take off or landing any more than a physical book or a magazine. The trees will love us more for it.

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Oct 21, 2012
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Halloween Costume Contest

Halloween is one of my favorite times of the year, and I like to elevate it with a good ol' fashioned costume contest.

Hello, Friends!

To enter, submit a photo no later than midnight on Halloween (PST) to one of our four categories (Adult Individual, Adult Group, Children or Pets) with a caption describing your theme. Brad and I will pick finalists in each category for fans to vote on the following week. Each winning submission will receive an autographed picture from me and worldwide bragging rights.

Only one submission per person, please. And best of luck!