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I’ve always been a fan of George Takei. I really only knew of him through Star Trek and guest appearances on shows here and there, along with a few brief interviews of his. Even in character, he has always come across as a great guy. At this con I took the time to sit in on most of his panel discussion. Wow, did he blow me away.
He is very open about his life. He discussed the recent law in California which will allow him to marry his partner of 30 plus years (I think that is the right amount of time) and the upcoming vote that will be on the ballot to change the California constitution to amend that law. He is such a well spoken man and a fantastic spokesman for equal rights, not only for the gay and lesbian community, but for all people.
He also spoke about his early life and being sent, with his family, to an internment camp. At five his family was rounded up and shipped out after the bombing of Pearl Harbor and how he, as a young boy initially thought it was great fun to be able to sleep where the horses did.
He has lived a fascinating life and is such a fantastic speaker. As much as I respected him, his sense of humor (see him in Season 1 of Psyche) and his drive and passion, after hearing him speak that respect has increased. I’m glad I took the time to catch at least part of his panel.