Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Happy Birthday George. Really.

Being a lifelong trekkie, I follow a lot of Star Trek pages and celebrities on social media. It’s such a huge franchise that it seems like every other day I’m getting notifications of birthdays for Star Trek Cast and Crew members, past and present. Some I like, some I share, and some I ignore because honestly who has time bla bla bla, but really, no one else can really truly appreciate the work that you did on LCARS the way I do Mike Okuda. Well, except for maybe that jerk Wil Wheaton. <3 George Takei Turned 80 years old on April 20th 2017. I’m writing this on May 3rd, 2017… because social media just told me about George’s birthday… again… for some reason. So why am I going out of my way to wish Mr. Takei a happy birthday... again... two weeks late? I’ll tell you why. At the age of five, Takei was forced to live in American internment camps with his parents because they were Japanese. After WWII, he and his family were allowed to have rights again (funny how that work right?), and Takei attended Los Angeles High School where he became Student Body President. He then, got his Master of Arts in in 1964 from the University of California. 1965… Star Trek happened… enough said. In the 70’ and 80’s Takei kept himself involved in local politics and so much as being appointed to the board of directors of the Southern California Rapid Transit District, where he helped plan the Los Angeles Subway System. All the while starring in various other plays, movies, and television shows along side his role as Lt. / Commander / Captain (take your pick) Hikaru Sulu. Not until 2005, did Takei come out as gay. Despite the terrible events of his early childhood, he went on to achieve greatness on multiple fronts, helping and entertaining people, while keeping his true self hidden from the world for 68 years. That in itself is an achievement in our time when it really shouldn’t be. Since then, George Takei has really become a beacon for acceptance, not just of the LGBT community, but of progressive values in general. Takei currently serves as a spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign "Coming Out Project", but in 2015, the Japanese American National Museum honored Takei with the JANM Distinguished Medal of Honor for Lifetime Achievement and Public Service, and in 2016 received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from California State University for all of his contributions. In a time where talk of banning people from our country because of their religion and stripping away rights of citizens because of their sexuality has become common place, we need people like George Takei more than ever. So, really… Happy 80th Birthday George, and you of truly deserve every happy day here after. P.s. Sorry I’m late and #LLAP

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