As Sulu on the legendary television series Star Trek, George Takei went where no man had gone before ( Photo of George & Brad Takei by Greg Hernandez).
Today Takei is on another mission– to fight ignorance and hate.
In a recent interview with Frontiers, the actor and social media star talked about his life with husband Brad, his quest to right what he sees as the wrongs of society, and the new documentary on his life, To Be Takei.
“Our mission in life has been to address issues of social justice,” he said. “It began with my childhood. In an egregious violation of the constitution, we were imprisoned with no charges, trial or due process. My mission was to get the U.S. government to redress the Japanese American community for that unconstitutional incarceration. We’ve also been involved with the 20th century civil rights movement, equality for African Americans and the 21st century civil rights movement—equality for the LGBT community.”
The documentary’s director, Jennifer Kroot, spent three years with Brad and George capturing even their wedding and what she called their “functional/dysfunctional relationship.” George sees Brad as both his manager and husband. He made clear in the film that all aspects of his life intersect.
” I talk about my childhood imprisonment behind American barbed wire fences, and I use that as a metaphor for the LGBT community. [Gays and lesbians] are confined by legalistic barbed wire fences, laws that have hard, sharp barbs of bigotry and ignorance. We’re starting to cut open those fences.”
You can read the interview with George, Brad and the documentary’s director in Frontiers.