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April 22, 2014

Star Trek icon has worked for marriage equality, LGBT employment protections and anti-LGBTI bullying

George Takei will go where Anderson Cooper, Ricky Martin and Rosie O'Donnell have gone before.

The Star Trek icon, LGBTI activist and social media powerhouse will be presented with GLAAD's Vito Russo Award next month at the organization's New York media awards gala.

'Few voices have been as outspoken in support of equality as George Takei,'GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said in a statement.

March 24, 2014

Jesse Tyler Ferguson, George Takei, Meredith Baxter and others thrilled with recent court rulings

The Human Rights Campaign gala in Los Angeles took place over the weekend just hours after hundreds of same-sex couples had gotten married in Michigan.

A federal judge had overturned the state's gay marriage ban on Friday (21 March) leading to an immediate rush of marriages.

Even though the marriages were halted mid-day by an appeals court, that did not dampen the enthusiasm of celebrities as they arrived at the gala and chatted with Gay Star News about the latest legal victory.

March 20, 2014

The 84-year-old founder of the most hated and homophobic family in America has died in a Kansas hospice

Fred Phelps, the founder of the ‘God Hates Fags’ Westboro Baptist Church, was pronounced dead today (20 March).

His son Timothy has said his 84-year-old father passed away just before midnight in a Kansas hospital last night.

Days before he died, estranged son Nate Phelps took to his Facebook page to announce his father was ‘on the edge of death’.

He said: 'I feel sad for all the hurt he's caused so many. I feel sad for those who will lose the grandfather and father they loved.

March 17, 2014

While some have called for the leader of the 'God Hates Fags' Westboro Baptist Church to be given a taste of his own medicine, Kansas gay rights campaigners believe the LGBTI community should take the high road

Several people have called to hold a gay rights protest at the funeral of Fred Phelps, the leader of the ‘God Hates Fags’ Westboro Baptist Church.

While he has not passed on yet, his estranged son Nate has confirmed the father of the ‘most hated family in America’ is on his deathbed.

He is currently in Midland Hospice house in Topeka, Kansas. No other information is available about his condition.

The Westboro Baptist Church, a cult-like organization based in Kansas has for years picketed soldiers’ funerals and protested against LGBTI rights.

March 11, 2014

Tennis legend says reports that she will be on Celebrity Appearance are false

News began to pop up on several websites Monday (10 March) that tennis legend Martina Navratilova was going to compete on the next season of Donald Trump's Celebrity Apprentice.

In response to a query about it from Gay Star News, the nine-time Wimbledon singles champion tweeted that this is not true.

'No, I am not doing The Apprentice,' Martina tweeted. 'False report.'

February 19, 2014

Star Trek icon tells GSN: “This Olympics is really a chilling thing because it reminds me of the 1936 Olympics when the Olympics Committee provided an international platform for Adolf Hitler'

George Takei has been watching some of the Olympics in Sochi even though he strongly believes they never should have been allowed to be held in a country with an anti-gay propaganda law in place.

The openly gay Star Trek icon tells Gay Star News that he considers the International Olympic Committee 'spineless' for not moving the games after it was clear that 'Russia breaks the pledge to the Olympic creed of no discrimination.'

February 19, 2014

Star Trek icon tells GSN: “This Olympics is really a chilling thing because it reminds me of the 1936 Olympics when the Olympics Committee provided an international platform for Adolf Hitler'

George Takei has been watching some of the Olympics in Sochi even though he strongly believes they never should have been allowed to be held in a country with an anti-gay propaganda law in place.

The openly gay Star Trek icon tells Gay Star News that he considers the International Olympic Committee 'spineless' for not moving the games after it was clear that 'Russia breaks the pledge to the Olympic creed of no discrimination.'

February 11, 2014

Annual event in LA has become one of hottest tickets on the LGBTI calendar and Gay Star News was there

Melissa Etheridge spent so much time on the arrivals line she didn't get into the Globe Theatre at Universal Studios until Darren Criss was almost done performing the opening number.

The singer was one of the last stars to arrive at the Family Equality Council Los Angeles Awards Dinner on Saturday (7 February) - an event that in just a few short years has become one of hottest LGBTI events on the calendar.

February 11, 2014

Annual event in LA has become one of hottest tickets on the LGBTI calendar and Gay Star News was there

Melissa Etheridge spent so much time on the arrivals line she didn't get into the Globe Theatre at Universal Studios until Darren Criss was almost done performing the opening number.

The singer was one of the last stars to arrive at the Family Equality Council Los Angeles Awards Dinner on Saturday (7 February) - an event that in just a few short years has become one of hottest LGBTI events on the calendar.

February 6, 2014

'I don’t know what all this hoo-ha about Ryan Gosling is about ... I don’t think he’s as gripping and compelling as people like Matt Damon or George Clooney'

It seems George Takei isn't president of the Ryan Gosling fan club.

The Star Trek icon - he played Sulu in the original TV series and feature films - was asked about things he thinks are overrated these days.

He mentioned that actors are - and one actor in particular.

'I don’t know what all this hoo-ha about Ryan Gosling is about,' Takei tells Huffington Post.

'He’s more often boring than not.'

February 6, 2014

'I don’t know what all this hoo-ha about Ryan Gosling is about ... I don’t think he’s as gripping and compelling as people like Matt Damon or George Clooney'

It seems George Takei isn't president of the Ryan Gosling fan club.

The Star Trek icon - he played Sulu in the original TV series and feature films - was asked about things he thinks are overrated these days.

He mentioned that actors are - and one actor in particular.

'I don’t know what all this hoo-ha about Ryan Gosling is about,' Takei tells Huffington Post.

'He’s more often boring than not.'

January 18, 2014

Speaking prior to the premiere of documentary 'To Be Takei', the Star Trek actor condemned Gov. Gary Herbert, likening his decision to not recognise same-sex marriages to 'tying to put toothpaste back in the tube'

Actor George Takei has condemned Utah govenor Gary Herbert’s decision not to recognise same-sex marriages performed in the state, calling him ‘mean’ for discriminating against over 1,300 married same-sex couples in the state.

Speaking in Salt Lake City, where he is promoting his latest film ‘To Be Takei’ at the Sundance film festival, the Star Trek actor let his feelings for the anti-gay governor of Utah be known.

January 18, 2014

Speaking prior to the premiere of documentary 'To Be Takei', the Star Trek actor condemned Gov. Gary Herbert, likening his decision to not recognise same-sex marriages to 'tying to put toothpaste back in the tube'

Actor George Takei has condemned Utah govenor Gary Herbert’s decision not to recognise same-sex marriages performed in the state, calling him ‘mean’ for discriminating against over 1,300 married same-sex couples in the state.

Speaking in Salt Lake City, where he is promoting his latest film ‘To Be Takei’ at the Sundance film festival, the Star Trek actor let his feelings for the anti-gay governor of Utah be known.

October 28, 2013

The show mocked a scantily clad ‘gay’ Superman, but a real-life Superman gay dad is please his family is not going to be exposed to it

September 17, 2013

Takei's Take debuts today with gay star looking at Google Glass

At 76, George Takei continues to try new things.

The openly gay Star Trek icon launched a new web series today (17 September) called Takei's Take in which he explores the world of technology, trends, current events and pop culture.

Although he made a name for himself on television, Takei has found himself a huge web presence in recent years with more than 800,000 Twitter followers and 4.5 million Facebook fans.

'The future is coming whether we like it or not,' he says on the debut episode. 'I can't stop it. I can only adapt.'

September 17, 2013

Takei's Take debuts today with gay star looking at Google Glass

At 76, George Takei continues to try new things.

The openly gay Star Trek icon launched a new web series today (17 September) called Takei's Take in which he explores the world of technology, trends, current events and pop culture.

Although he made a name for himself on television, Takei has found himself a huge web presence in recent years with more than 800,000 Twitter followers and 4.5 million Facebook fans.

'The future is coming whether we like it or not,' he says on the debut episode. 'I can't stop it. I can only adapt.'

September 9, 2013

The Torchwood and Arrow star poses for equality

When posing for the NOH8 campaign, it is custom to have a temporary tattoo put on your cheek and a piece of silver masking tape across your mouth as part of a silent protest.

John Barrowman has just posed for the campaign but he had tattoos place on two cheeks - and one of them is not on his face!

The Torchwood and Arrow star joins such stars as out celebrities as George Takei, Greg Louganis, Jane Lynch, Andy Cohen, Lance Bass and straight allies Kathy Griffin, Fran Drescher, Pauley Perrette and Brendon Ayanbadejo.

August 11, 2013

Actor George Takei puts photo of newly painted Russian Embassy crosswalk, in Stockholm, on his Facebook page

An anonymous painter changed the zebra colors colors of the crosswalk, in front of the Russian Embassy in Stockholm, to a rainbow.

Actor George Takei, known for his performances in the Star Trek franchise, posted the photo of the rainbow walk on his Facebook page.

'Protests against Russia's anti-gay laws gaining in momentum and creativity. This is now the crosswalk outside the Russian embassy in Stockholm,' the actor wrote.

August 11, 2013

Actor George Takei puts photo of newly painted Russian Embassy crosswalk, in Stockholm, on his Facebook page

An anonymous painter changed the zebra colors colors of the crosswalk, in front of the Russian Embassy in Stockholm, to a rainbow.

Actor George Takei, known for his performances in the Star Trek franchise, posted the photo of the rainbow walk on his Facebook page.

'Protests against Russia's anti-gay laws gaining in momentum and creativity. This is now the crosswalk outside the Russian embassy in Stockholm,' the actor wrote.

August 7, 2013

'Trust me, if you are a corporate brand, you do not want to be associated with the Sochi'

Actor and LGBT activist George Takei is calling for the 2014 Olympics to be moved to a host city other than Sochi because of Russia's 'draconian' anti-gay propaganda law.

'The International Olympic Committee must do the right thing, protect its athletes and the fans, and move the 2014 Winter Olympics out of Russia,' Takei states in a powerful blog post on Tuesday (6 August).

August 7, 2013

'Trust me, if you are a corporate brand, you do not want to be associated with the Sochi'

Actor and LGBT activist George Takei is calling for the 2014 Olympics to be moved to a host city other than Sochi because of Russia's 'draconian' anti-gay propaganda law.

'The International Olympic Committee must do the right thing, protect its athletes and the fans, and move the 2014 Winter Olympics out of Russia,' Takei states in a powerful blog post on Tuesday (6 August).

June 11, 2013

Star Trek actor and gay icon helps US host Conan O'Brien with a viewer's complaint about how 'water works'

Gay icon George Takei has explained how everything in nature is gay.

The Star Trek actor came to help Conan O’Brien with an audience question that the red-haired comic had got a monologue wrong when demonstrating how ‘water worked’.

The gay rights activist came on stage to tell the fretting viewer how nature tends to work differently for gay and straight people.

He said: ‘You see water works differently for straight people. That’s because water itself is gay.

‘We wouldn’t have raindrops or oceans if water didn’t like to bind to itself.

June 11, 2013

Star Trek actor and gay icon helps US host Conan O'Brien with a viewer's complaint about how 'water works'

Gay icon George Takei has explained how everything in nature is gay.

The Star Trek actor came to help Conan O’Brien with an audience question that the red-haired comic had got a monologue wrong when demonstrating how ‘water worked’.

The gay rights activist came on stage to tell the fretting viewer how nature tends to work differently for gay and straight people.

He said: ‘You see water works differently for straight people. That’s because water itself is gay.

‘We wouldn’t have raindrops or oceans if water didn’t like to bind to itself.

April 10, 2013

Narrated by George Takei, Married and Counting follows two grooms on their journey to marry in every state where same-sex marriage is legal

Married and Counting, a documentary about a gay couple who wed in eight states, premieres this month in New York City.

Narrated by openly gay actor George Takei and starring Pat Dwyer and Stephen Mosher, Married and Counting follows the couple on their journey to get married in every state where it was legal at the time.