George Takei (pronounced "Tah-KAY"), who played Sulu on the original Star Trek series, has released a video and a new website. I just saw it on a TV political news program. Here's his message on the website www.itsokaytobetakei.com:
A bill now pending in Tennessee would prohibit teachers in that state from discussing homosexuality in the classroom. The so-called "don't say gay" law is premised on the misguided belief that, by not talking about gay people, they can simply make us disappear.
I'm here to tell Tennessee, and all the LGBT youth and teachers who would be affected by this law, that I am here for you. In fact, I am lending my name to the cause. Any time you need to say the word "gay," you can simply say "Takei." I have created t-shirts and other items that say "It's OK to be Takei." You can wear and display these items with pride and show Tennessee and the world that you're against censorship and bigotry. All the proceeds from the sales of these items will be donated to charity. Have a TAKEI old time!
When I thought about it recently, I realized I have a lot of friends who are gay or lesbian. They are educated, talented, artistic, funny, articulate and endearing. I would be both angry and sad if anyone thought my friends should be treated differently or have fewer rights or more restrictions than anyone else.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., had a dream back in 1963. It's a good dream for everyone. Maybe someday it will finally become a reality.
In the meantime, it's OK to be Takei.