Read off the newswire that Sulu from Star Trek is gay. George Takei and his partner, Brad Altman, have been together for 18 years.
Takei, a Japanese-American who lived in a U.S. internment camp from age 4 to 8, said he grew up feeling ashamed of his ethnicity and sexuality. He likened prejudice against gays to racial segregation.
â€œItâ€™s against basic decency and what American values stand for,â€ he said.
Takei joined the â€œStar Trekâ€ cast in 1966 as Hikaru Sulu, a character he played for three seasons on television and in six subsequent films. He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1986.
In the Star Trek movies, he was married (off-screen) and had a daughter, Demora Sulu. That actress, Jacqueline Kim, was in a horrible movie that Rae and I saw a while ago. Lieutenant Sulu! Full impulse power! Keep the ship clear of Charlotte Sometimes!
Update: Another good article on Takei on sfgate.com.