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George Takei Leads Seattle Pride Parade

Jun 30 2014, 5:53pm CDT | by , in News

George Takei Leads Seattle Pride Parade
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Takei's New Movie Set To Release In August

George Takei was one of many people that included over 200 groups - which took part in the 40th annual Pride Parade in Seattle, which took place on Sunday, June 29.

The LGBT activist, who probably is best known for playing Hikaru Sulu in the "Star Trek" TV series and movies, was the Celebrity Grand Marshal at the parade which took place along Fourth Avenue.

"Well 40 years ago, what seemed unimaginable, today is reality," said the actor, as reported by NWCN. He was joined by his husband at the parade. "We look forward to the day - I think this decade - when we will indeed have the United States of America." Macklemore, who made a surprise appearance, received loud cheers from fans.

Takei also took part in the movement that has begun in Japan while on a trip to the country earlier in June.  The actor said Japanese people need to fight for their own rights and they need to be a bit angry, too.

The “Star Trek” actor also known for his gay and civil rights activism, said he was encouraged to have met with Japanese activists for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights, and even some of their parents fighting for their children.

“They have to have courage to come out and share their lives honestly,” Takei said. Once they get a ball rolling, more movement would follow, like “a ripple effect” that spreads, he added. “So I’m optimistic. I do think that Japan will be one of the nations that have equality and that too will serve as an example for other Asian nations.”

The longtime “Star Trek” veteran is the subject of the bio-doc “To Be Takei,” which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival and hits theaters and VOD in August.

The 77-year-old actor, activist and pop culture icon provides insight and narration as the film delves into his life and career.  The well-reviewed film starts with Takei's early days in internment camps for Japanese-Americans, and then follows his rise to sci-fi hero and 1970s sex symbol.

 

"To Be Takei"  was directed by Jennifer M. Kroot (It Came from Kuchar), and features interviews with all of the surviving main cast members of Star Trek's original television series. The movie will debut July 3 on DirecTV, and will be released in select theaters August 22.

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