George Takei: Arnold Schwarzenegger inspired me to come out

“I’d spent a lifetime being silent on the issue… now I had to speak up.”

Courtesy of George Takei

–Actor and LGBT activist George Takei, speaking with Winq magazine. Takei felt compelled to publicly announce his sexuality following then Governor Schwarzenegger’s decision to veto California’s Marriage Equality Bill. “He played to the reactionary conservative element of the Republican party and vetoed it,” Takei said. “Both Brad [George’s husband] and I were raging, our blood was boiling…. We saw all these young people pouring out onto Santa Monica Boulevard, venting their rage against Schwarzenegger. They inspired me.”

Image: Courtesy of George Takei

Rhuaridh Marr is Metro Weekly's assistant editor and covers cars, technology, and gaming. He is usually found with a controller in one hand and a smartphone in the other, and can be reached at rmarr@metroweekly.com.

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