Activist and actor George Takei treks through the past to fight for the future

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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“I’m a passionate lover of my career, my acting,” George Takei says, “but also I’m equally mindful of the important responsibility I have as an American citizen in advocating for justice.”
It’s why the 81-year-old actor is as well-known for originating Mr. Sulu on 1966’s “Star Trek” as he is for his social media dominance today. Takei takes neither for granted, noting that “an actor’s career is dependent on fans,” and uses his platform to foster a connection with audiences worldwide. In part, he’s done so because he spent years of his life behind barbed wire fences—both figuratively and literally.

“I grew up imprisoned behind American barbed wire fences when I was a child simply because we happened to look like the people that bombed Pearl Harbor,” Takei recalls. “Because we looked like those people of Japan. With no charges, with no trial, with no due process, we were summarily rounded up and imprisoned. Right here in the United States.”

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George Takei responds to sexual assault accuser’s retraction

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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George Takei has responded to former model Scott Brunton retracting his story that the “Star Trek” actor drugged and groped him in the mid-’80s.

In November, Brunton, 60, told the Hollywood Reporter that when he was 23 he had drinks at Takei’s condo that made him “very disoriented and dizzy.” Brunton said he “must’ve passed out” and when he woke up Takei “had my pants down around my ankles and he was groping my crotch and trying to get my underwear off and feeling me up at the same time, trying to get his hands down my underwear.”

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Gay male ‘Golden Girls’ reboot picked up for development

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“Silver Foxes,” a gay male reboot of the sitcom “The Golden Girls,” is one step closer to production.

The series, from writer duo Stan Zimmerman and James Berg who have collaborated on “Gilmore Girls” and “The Golden Girls,” has been picked up for production by production company Super Deluxe.

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2017 LGBTQ Pop Culture Alphabet

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It was the year of #MeToo, as this one story seemed to dominate the pop culture landscape of 2017. Victims came out saying “enough is enough” and called out their attackers and predators by name.

It was also a year of important stories being told on television and in films. We honored the voices of women, people of color and the LGBTQ community in movies like Moonlight and The Life and Death of Marsha P. Johnson, and on shows like When We Rise and Master of None. Plus we got Will & Grace back!

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George Takei blames Russian bots for spreading sexual assault allegation

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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George Takei blamed Russian bots for spreading the sexual assault allegation against him in a now-deleted tweet.

Male model Scott Brunton recently accused George Takei of sexually assaulting him in 1981. Brunton told the Hollywood Reporter that while having drinks with Takei he began to feel woozy and passed out. Brunton alleges that when he woke up, his pants were down and Takei was groping his crotch.

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George Takei among latest celebs to be accused of sexual misconduct

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NEW YORK (AP) – George Takei took to Twitter Nov. 11 to deny groping a male model and Richard Dreyfuss said he never exposed himself to a female writer helping him with a TV script, both back in the 1980s.

Takei, the 80-year-old “Star Trek” icon, said in a series of tweets that events described by Scott R. Brunton in The Hollywood Reporter “simply did not occur,” and he does not remember ever knowing Brunton.

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Gay, male ‘Golden Girls’ reboot delayed by ‘ageism,’ ‘homophobia’ in Hollywood

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The gay, male reboot of “Golden Girls” has hit a roadblock.

“Golden Girls” writers Stan Zimmerman and James Berg had announced they were pitching a pilot for a show titled “Silver Foxes,” a comedy series about four, older gay men living together.

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Celebrities react to Trump’s transgender military ban

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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While President Donald Trump took to Twitter to announce a ban against transgender people in the U.S. military on Wednesday, he wasn’t the only one who decided to use Twitter to get a message across.

Celebrities tweeted their criticism and disapproval of the ban in a flurry of messages across social media.

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Gay male reboot of ‘Golden Girls’ in the works

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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A “Golden Girls” reboot is in the works but this time the story will feature four, older gay males living together in a house.

“Golden Girls” writers Stan Zimmerman and James Berg are pitching a pilot called “Silver Foxes” to Netflix and Hulu, Zimmerman revealed in an interview with Party Foul Radio with Pollo & Pearl.

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George Takei gives personal collection to Los Angeles Museum

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LOS ANGELES (AP) – Actor and activist George Takei is donating a trove of art and artifacts from his life and career to the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles.

The museum announced the gift Sept. 28 and said the collection will be featured in an exhibition next year. “New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei” is set to open March 12, 2017.

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‘Star Trek’ creator’s son unsure of gay Sulu

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Los Angeles (AP) – The son of late Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry says his father would have been on board with an Enterprise crew member being portrayed as gay, but he’s unsure if it should have been helmsman Hikaru Sulu.

Rod Roddenberry said his father would have been supportive of a gay “Trek” character and commended the Star Trek Beyond filmmakers for featuring an LGBT character. Roddenberry died in 1991.

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George Takei thinks it ‘unfortunate’ that his Star Trek character is now gay

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Star Trek’s first Mr. Sulu, George Takei, is not happy that the character he originated will be gay in the latest film of the successful science fiction series.

“I’m delighted that there’s a gay character,” Takei tells The Hollywood Reporter. “Unfortunately, it’s a twisting of Gene [Roddenberry]’s creation, to which he put in so much thought. I think it’s really unfortunate.”

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