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June 27, 2014

Roberto Orci says it would not be right to 'shoe-horn' in a character that was openly gay just for the sake of it

A gay character that is both open and is integral to the plot is ‘not necessary’ in Star Trek 3, according to the director.

Roberto Orci has spoken about the follow-up to the adventures of the USS Enterprise, last seen in Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness (2013).

But even though the film will take place over 200 years in the future, Orci said he has doubts we will ever see a character having a same-sex relationship.

‘It can be part of a character and not be the whole shebang,’ he said on the Humans From Earth podcast.

June 7, 2014

‘My blood was boiling but I was still silent,’ the 77-year-old actor and activist recalls what propelled him to become a vocal proponent of gay rights in 2005

LGBT people in Japan need to fight for their own rights and they need to be a bit angry, George Takei said during his visit to Japan this week.

The California-born actor, who is of Japanese ancestry, recounted his own experiences as having felt both courage and anger when he publicly came out as gay and joined the equal rights movement for sexual minorities in the US.

Best known for his role as Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu in the television series 'Star Trek,' the 77-year-old is also a prominent gay and civil rights activist.

June 7, 2014

‘My blood was boiling but I was still silent,’ the 77-year-old actor and activist recalls what propelled him to become a vocal proponent of gay rights in 2005

LGBT people in Japan need to fight for their own rights and they need to be a bit angry, George Takei said during his visit to Japan this week.

The California-born actor, who is of Japanese ancestry, recounted his own experiences as having felt both courage and anger when he publicly came out as gay and joined the equal rights movement for sexual minorities in the US.

Best known for his role as Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu in the television series 'Star Trek,' the 77-year-old is also a prominent gay and civil rights activist.

April 29, 2014

Actor working out for role in upcoming film Agent 47

The bad news today for Zachary Quinto is that the actor was not nominated for a Tony Award for his performance in the Broadway play The Glass Menagerie while three of his co-stars were.

The good news?

The openly gay star of the Star Trek movies (Mr. Spock) would be the clear winner in a 'Shirtless Selfie of the Day' contest.

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.

September 30, 2013

'I really am humbled by it often. I feel really grateful'

For a guy who started out playing Tori Spelling's best friend on the short-lived comedy series So NoTORIous, Zachary Quinto has done pretty well for himself.

He’s conquered television as one of the stars of Heroes then American Horror Story and landed the plum role of Mr. Spock in the reboot of the Star Trek feature film franchise.

Now the openly gay actor is making his Broadway debut in a revival of Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie which also stars two-time Tony winner Cherry Jones.

Quinto can't quite believe his good fortune.

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.'

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).

July 18, 2013

Reports say the split between the two gay actors is not so amicable

After less than a year as one of Hollywood's most famous gay couples, Star Trek's Zachary Quinto and former Glee star Jonathan Groff have broken up.

Blogger Perez Hilton reports that 'things did not end well" for the pair but no reason for the split is given.

June 12, 2013

Mitch Anderson says 'I feel the moment has arrived for me to be publicly true to my personal identity'

A gay teen has chosen to come out to his friends and family in what can only be described as one of the best graduation speeches ever.

When Mitch Anderson found out he would be the senior class salutatorian after scoring a perfect PSAT score in his junior year, he says coming out ‘felt natural’ to him.

Last Thursday (6 June), Anderson stood up in front of the largest graduating class in Belton High School in Texas.

In his speech, he described his struggles with coming out and finding acceptance.

May 17, 2013

'I think we have a lot more work to do, but I think everybody's unified behind the cause'

At the Washington DC screening of Star Trek Into the Darkness this week, Zachary Quinto said that he believes marriage equality is an 'unstoppable wave' in the US at this point.

The openly Quinto, who plays Mr. Spock in the popular film series, says he has no desire to become a politicians but he did campaign for President Barack Obama's reelection and is an outspoken advocate for gay marriage.

May 6, 2013

Actors who play Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock are tight off-screen too

The affection Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto have for each other is apparent in interviews the Star Trek leading men have done for Out Magazine published Monday (6 May).

Pine, who plays Spock in the franchise, says he knew Quinto (Mr. Spock) was gay from the moment he met him.

May 3, 2013

UK gay rights campaign Stonewall’s iconic message goes intergalactic as new Star Trek film premieres in London

The message ‘Some people are gay. Get over it!’ has been plastered over buses and worn on t-shirts. And now it has been translated into Klingon.

To celebrate the London premiere of the new Star Trek film Into Darkness, British gay charity Stonewall has boldly gone where no gay rights message has gone before with the translation of their iconic slogan.

In Earth text, the Klingon reads as: ‘Rut nga’chuq loDpu’, rut nga’chuq be’pu’. YiqimHa’!’

January 30, 2013

Jacob Rudolph came out to his classmates during school assembly

Jacob Rudolph, the New Jersey teen came out publicly to more than 300 classmates earlier this month, has a fan in Star Trek icon George Takei.

Rudolph appeared on Anderson Live, the syndicated daytime show hosted by Anderson Cooper, was on the show talking about his experience and mentioned that Takei was a real model from him.

'Having grown up in the 50s as a Japanese gay man and then coming out and having such a wonderful success and becoming such an advocate, he's an incredible person,' Rudolph told Cooper and guest co-host Deborah Norville.

January 26, 2013

'He needed publicity and the best way to get publicity is to create a controversy'

George Takei and William Shatner are forever linked by their roles as Sulu and Kirk on the original Star Trek television series and feature films.

But the best of friends they are not.

In interviews this week with Joy Behar on Current TV and with Metro Weekly, Takei brings up the public squirmish the two had in 2008 when Takei married husband Brad Altman and Shatner claimed to have not been invited as the rest of the Star Trek had been.

December 28, 2012

Gay Star Trek star gives YouTube video a private reading of E L James's saucy erotic bestseller

When fans of gay Star Trek star George Takei insisted he would have a special connection with erotic bestseller Fifty shades of Grey, the US actor decided to investigate.

E L James's book is the fastest selling paperback of all time, beating J K Rowling's Harry Potter.

And Takei happily indulges his fans by reading passages of the saucy novel in the comfort of his own home.

Only this private reading is for an audience of over 900,000 on YouTube.

Watch the viral 'Fifty Shades of Takei' video below:

December 5, 2012

Encounters gay character of Kevin Keller at Science Fiction convention

George Takei, the openly gay actor who came to fame as Sulu in the original Star Trek television series, appears as himself in the just-released issue #6 issue of Archie Comics.

Takei encounters Kevin Keller at a science fiction convention. Keller is the first gay character in the history and married in issue #16 of Life With Archie.

November 8, 2012

Star Trek's Mr. Spock takes mogul to task for election night rant

Donald Trump really didn't want Barack Obama to be reelected president of the United States.

So much so that the real estate mogul and television personality staged several publicity stunts indicating that he had secret birth place information about Obama - none which ever came to pass.

When early election returns had Obama trailing in the popular vote against Republican opponent Mitt Romney on Tuesday (6 November) but leading in the electoral college, Trump went on a Twitter tear.

September 17, 2012

Musical is about internment of Americans of Japanese descent during World War II - something Star Trek icon's family endured

Star Trek icon George Takei is currently spending his days at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego as one of the stars of the musical Allegiance which he hopes to take to Broadway.

This is more than just an acting gig for the 75-year-old star who has become an outspoken LGBT activist in recent years.

The musical is about the internment of Americans of Japanese descent during World War II resonates deeply because it is something Takei and his family had to live through.

September 12, 2012

'The hatred that people are leading with in this discussion is really, for me, the biggest symptom of how sick we are'

Out actor Zachary Quinto has been juggling his acting career for the last six months with campaigning for the re-election of US President Barack Obama - an election that the 35-year-old actor considers to be the most important of his lifetime.

Quinto, best known for his role as Mr. Spock in the most recent Star Trek films, is dismayed by the Christian right who have such a big influence on the Republican platform when it comes to social issues like LGBT equality and abortion.

September 6, 2012

Andy Cohen: 'I just went to the church of Clinton and I’m saying AMEN!'

Former US President Bill Clinton's lengthy speech at the Democratic National Convention Thursday (5 September) focused more on economic issues than social issues like gay marriage.

But plenty of LGBT celebrities took to the twitterverse after the speech to offer effusive praise of Clinton.

September 6, 2012

'It [is] bolder, I think, than the first one, and that was pretty big and bold'

Zachary Quinto will be seen on movie screens again next spring as pointy eared Mr. Spock in the next Star Trek film.

The actor, who came out publicly as a gay man last year, first starred opposite Chris Pine on the Starship Enterprise in 2009 and the result was a worldwide hit that grossed $385.7 million worldwide.

He has finished filming his part in the sequel and he expects it to surpass the first installment.

July 25, 2012

Woman who played Lt. Uhura says Ride was 'a symbol for all of the little girls'

In her role as communications officer Lt. Uhura aboard the USS Enterprise in the original Star Trek television series and feature films, Nichelle Nichols was a pioneer of sorts for women in space - at least fictionally.

Sally Ride, who died this week of pancreatic cancer, was the real deal as the first US woman in space. It was not widely known until her death that she was a lesbian who is survived by her female partner of 27 years.