That blog is so Takei
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!
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.
Much has been said about the moment when Michael Sam kissed his boyfriend on national television, as they joyfully and spontaneously celebrated the news of Sam’s drafting by the Rams. They embraced and kissed just like many other happy heterosexual couples do when one of them receives life-changing, great news.
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.
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.
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
When I was but a small child, my family and I were forced at gunpoint from our home in Los Angeles and spent years in two internment camps, first in the swamplands of Arkansas, and then into a notorious “punishment” camp in Northern California at a terrible place called Tule Lake, reserved for “disloyal” internees.
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
The mainstream media is barely covering this story, but it is of utmost importance. What began as a quiet protest last week in Taksim Square against the razing of one of the last green parks in Istanbul turned horribly violent as police fired tear gas and aimed water cannons against peaceful protestors. One death and a number of blindings were reported.
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:
Last week, just before the attacks in Boston, I took a pilgrimage. I traveled to Arkansas to dedicate the Japanese American Internment Museum in McGehee. The town lies between two places of great sadness: Jerome internment camp to the southwest, and Rohwer camp to the northeast.
When I first saw the terrible images from the bombings at the Boston Marathon. I couldn’t help but be struck by a profound sadness. But it was nearly immediately followed by an even more profound sense of resolve.
In downtown Los Angeles, in Little Tokyo one block from the Japanese American National Museum, stands a statue of a man very few people know about or would ever recognize. His name was Chiune Sugihara, and he did an extraordinary thing seven decades ago.
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.
It’d be great fun to fly a big, expensive machine that could reign terror down from the skies. At least, that’s how it plays out in my head. Now, I know that this is not going to happen for a number of reasons, even though I am credited with being the best helmsman in the galaxy.
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?”
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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In the coming weeks, Congress and the President must come to an agreement on taxes and spending, or face the dreaded “fiscal cliff” no one wants to jump off. I’m just one citizen, but here’s what I have to say for what it’s worth: Tax me higher.
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October 11th is National Coming Out day. It is also one day before a very sad anniversary–the death of University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard, who was beaten, tortured and killed outside of Laramie, Wyoming in 1998.
Eleven years and two wars now separate us from the tragic events of 9/11. As I perform in a show about America’s response to another attack 70 years ago, it struck me today that I should revisit what I wrote on 9/12/01. I present it to you unedited below. Reading it now, I am filled with conflicting emotions–including deep misgivings about how I had hoped the attack would unite us behind common American ideals, and what actually later came to pass.
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