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April 28, 2015

George Takei: 'I am optimistic'

With the US Supreme Court set to hear oral arguments today in marriage equality cases in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee,' Gay Star News asked several celebrities to share their thoughts on what could be a historic ruling.

The cases are challenging the constitutionality of laws banning marriage between same-sex couples and could settle the issue for the US where same-sex marriage is legal in 37 states plus the District of Columbia..

'I am optimistic,' said Star Trek icon George Takei.

April 21, 2015

David Au brings us a tender film about food, family, and the power of George Takei

I am a sucker for movies about food and family, so writer/director David Au's film Eat With Me had me in tears without even trying.

The story of a mother and son – each of them on a journey to find themselves and each other – Eat With Me perfectly captures the pain and confusion that life and love always seem to throw up along the way.

Inspired by a real-life moment between his parents, this is a story that Au has been working on since 2003 when the script began life as a short-film.

April 21, 2015

David Au brings us a tender film about food, family, and the power of George Takei

I am a sucker for movies about food and family, so writer/director David Au's film Eat With Me had me in tears without even trying.

The story of a mother and son – each of them on a journey to find themselves and each other – Eat With Me perfectly captures the pain and confusion that life and love always seem to throw up along the way.

Inspired by a real-life moment between his parents, this is a story that Au has been working on since 2003 when the script began life as a short-film.

April 14, 2015

Actor says he would like 'long conversation' with Prime Minister Tony Abbott

Star Trek legend George Takei has slammed Australia's gay marriage laws as 'backwards.'

The longstanding LGBTI activist was in Sydney Monday (13 April) night with his husband Brad to attend the Game of Thrones premiere.

'It’s rather backward, I mean you don’t have marriage equality,' he told the Daily Telegraph.

April 14, 2015

Actor says he would like 'long conversation' with Prime Minister Tony Abbott

Star Trek legend George Takei has slammed Australia's gay marriage laws as 'backwards.'

The longstanding LGBTI activist was in Sydney Monday (13 April) night with his husband Brad to attend the Game of Thrones premiere.

'It’s rather backward, I mean you don’t have marriage equality,' he told the Daily Telegraph.

April 6, 2015

The popstar made the remarks during a televised concert in Indianapolis

Rihanna has publicly criticized Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

The singer, who spoke out against the controversial pro-discrimination bill during her headlining set at the March Madness Music Fest in White River State Park, Indiana, told the crowd that the state's lawmakers should let people 'live their lives'.

April 3, 2015

The openly gay Star Trek actor and LGBT activist wants people to remember that the battle for LGBT equality in Indiana is far from over

George Takei has argued that despite Indiana lawmakers amending the state's controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), there is still a long way to go. 

The amendment, which passed the state House by a vote of 66-30 and the state Senate by a vote of 34-16, explicitly bans discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity – the first time both terms have ever been mentioned in Indiana law.

However, the amendments to the law do not apply to schools or churches in the state. 

April 3, 2015

The openly gay Star Trek actor and LGBT activist wants people to remember that the battle for LGBT equality in Indiana is far from over

George Takei has argued that despite Indiana lawmakers amending the state's controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), there is still a long way to go. 

The amendment, which passed the state House by a vote of 66-30 and the state Senate by a vote of 34-16, explicitly bans discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity – the first time both terms have ever been mentioned in Indiana law.

However, the amendments to the law do not apply to schools or churches in the state. 

April 2, 2015

Show follow George and Brad Takei as they navigate the perils of the Internet and other facets of modern life

At 77 years young, George Takei remains cutting edge.

Takei took to Facebook on Thursday (2 April) to share with his 8.4 million followers that he and his husband, Brad Takei, have a new comedy web series about to debut.

It's cleverly titled It Takeis Two and the Star Trek icon writes that 'it follows our lives as we navigate the perils of the Internet and other facets of modern life.'

A preview of the show, which premieres on 7 April, has animated opening credits harkening back to such classics 1960s sitcoms as Bewitched and I Dream of Jeannie.

April 2, 2015

Show follow George and Brad Takei as they navigate the perils of the Internet and other facets of modern life

At 77 years young, George Takei remains cutting edge.

Takei took to Facebook on Thursday (2 April) to share with his 8.4 million followers that he and his husband, Brad Takei, have a new comedy web series about to debut.

It's cleverly titled It Takeis Two and the Star Trek icon writes that 'it follows our lives as we navigate the perils of the Internet and other facets of modern life.'

A preview of the show, which premieres on 7 April, has animated opening credits harkening back to such classics 1960s sitcoms as Bewitched and I Dream of Jeannie.

April 1, 2015

Author spent part of his childhood in the state

Author Stephen King has the best response to Indiana's 'religious freedom' law yet.

The law, which was signed last week, allows businesses to turn away LGBTI people on religious grounds and has been met with sharp criticism and state boycotts.

The King of horror took to Twitter on Monday (30 March) night to blast the law.

'Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration act is gay discrimination, pure and simple,' he wrote.

'You can frost a dog turd, but it's still a dog turd.'

March 25, 2015

'We will not visit. We will not spend. And we will not attend events'

Star Trek icon George Takei warns Indiana Governor Mike Pence that his state will lose far more than the $50 million GenCon convention if he signs an anti-LGBTI bill into law.

March 25, 2015

'We will not visit. We will not spend. And we will not attend events'

Star Trek icon George Takei warns Indiana Governor Mike Pence that his state will lose far more than the $50 million GenCon convention if he signs an anti-LGBTI bill into law.

March 15, 2015

LA event draws Lena Dunham, Matt Bomer, George Takei, Maria Bello, Sara Ramirez and Guillermo Diaz among others

When word got out that Mariah Carey would be performing at the Human Rights Campaign Dinner in Los Angeles, the event quickly became a sellout.

The crowd of 1,200 had to wait until the very end of a long, star-studded evening, before the Grammy winner was introduced by Empire star Jussie Smollett.

'I don't know how to explain how much I love this woman ... she is one of the greatest vocalists of all time,' said Smollett who came out publicly as a gay man earlier this month.

'I'm about to pee myself,' he admitted. 'She's right there.'

March 5, 2015

Star Trek icon launches campaign to make a statement

The Alabama Supreme Court has incurred the wrath of Sulu.

Star Trek icon George Takei has launched a social media campaign to give the finger to court after it voted this week to halt same-sex marriages in the state. This despite the US Supreme Court declining to issue a stay that would have stopped the marriages from taking place.

Takei posed with husband Brad in a photo that has them flipping their wedding ring finger for the camera.

March 5, 2015

Star Trek icon launches campaign to make a statement

The Alabama Supreme Court has incurred the wrath of Sulu.

Star Trek icon George Takei has launched a social media campaign to give the finger to court after it voted this week to halt same-sex marriages in the state. This despite the US Supreme Court declining to issue a stay that would have stopped the marriages from taking place.

Takei posed with husband Brad in a photo that has them flipping their wedding ring finger for the camera.

February 27, 2015

Zachary Quinto also mourns the actor who died at the age of 83

Star Trek icon Leonard Nimoy died Friday morning from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

He was 83.

Nimoy, who played half-human, half-Vulcan Mr. Spock on the original Star Trek television series and feature films, is being mourned by co-stars and fans.

'My heart is broken,' tweeted Zachary Quinto who co-starred with Nimoy in the Star Trek feature film franchise reboot.

'I love you profoundly,' Quinto added. 'I will miss you every day. May flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.'

February 27, 2015

Zachary Quinto also mourns the actor who died at the age of 83

Star Trek icon Leonard Nimoy died Friday morning from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

He was 83.

Nimoy, who played half-human, half-Vulcan Mr. Spock on the original Star Trek television series and feature films, is being mourned by co-stars and fans.

'My heart is broken,' tweeted Zachary Quinto who co-starred with Nimoy in the Star Trek feature film franchise reboot.

'I love you profoundly,' Quinto added. 'I will miss you every day. May flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.'

February 7, 2015

Allegiance inspired by Star Trek icon's experiences in Japanese American internment during World War II

George Takei is Broadway bound.

The Star Trek announced on social media this week that the musical Allegiance - inspired by his childhood spent in a Japanese American internment camp during World War II -will open on Broadway this fall.

'At long last, my legacy project Allegiance finds a Broadway home,' Takei wrote on Facebook. 'It's been a long and challenging time, but the world will at last get to see this important, compelling and moving show.'

February 7, 2015

Allegiance inspired by Star Trek icon's experiences in Japanese American internment during World War II

George Takei is Broadway bound.

The Star Trek announced on social media this week that the musical Allegiance - inspired by his childhood spent in a Japanese American internment camp during World War II -will open on Broadway this fall.

'At long last, my legacy project Allegiance finds a Broadway home,' Takei wrote on Facebook. 'It's been a long and challenging time, but the world will at last get to see this important, compelling and moving show.'

January 24, 2015

'Some friends had fun lampooning "My Husband's Not Gay" on TLC, which showcases gays in Salt Lake who are married to women. What if straight men tried the same in a gay world, hmmm?', he wonders

'My Husband's Not Gay,' a TLC special which explores unconventional marriages between male Mormons who are attracted to men but also claim to be happily married to women, sparked outrage since it was aired earlier this month.

LGBT media watch group GLAAD has called the show 'downright irresponsible.'

January 24, 2015

'Some friends had fun lampooning "My Husband's Not Gay" on TLC, which showcases gays in Salt Lake who are married to women. What if straight men tried the same in a gay world, hmmm?', he wonders

'My Husband's Not Gay,' a TLC special which explores unconventional marriages between male Mormons who are attracted to men but also claim to be happily married to women, sparked outrage since it was aired earlier this month.

LGBT media watch group GLAAD has called the show 'downright irresponsible.'

January 13, 2015

Matt Bomer, Neil Patrick Harris, Jodie Foster also get Dorian Award nods - George Takei to get 'Timeless' award

The morning after the Golden Globe Awards were held, many of the night's winners and nominees nabbed Dorian Award nods.

The Gay and Lesbian Critics Association gave a leading five nominations to the film Birdman which was a surprising loser to The Grand Budapest Hotel at the Globes.

Also earning five nominations was the Amazon series Transparent which won Globes for TV comedy and best actor in a comedy (Jeffrey Tambor).

November 27, 2014

Star Trek icon most cherishes first holiday dinner after family was released from Internment camp

George Takei will be having Thanksgiving dinner tonight with husband Brad Takei and another couple at Tavern on the Green in New York City.

The Star Trek icon was among the celebrities who spoke with Gay Star News recently about their Thanksgiving plans and their favorite memories of the holiday.

For Takei, his most memorable Thanksgiving came after the end of World War II and his family was released from the internment camp they had been kept in because they were Americans of Japanese descent.