George Takei Shares Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Role In His Decision To Come Out As Gay

Actor and activist George Takei lately spoke out about why he got here out as homosexual at age 68 ― and the way former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s choice to veto a same-sex marriage invoice performed a key position.

The “Star Trek” icon instructed The Stage in an interview printed Thursday that he got here out in 2005 as a result of he was “so angry” over the veto that yr by the then-Republican governor and “Terminator” star.

On the time, Takei had been along with his now-husband Brad Altman for 18 years however had not mentioned his sexuality publicly.

“I was silent during the AIDS crisis, which fills me with guilt, although I did write checks and checks to AIDS organizations,” he stated.

“Why did I come out when I did? Because Schwarzenegger presented himself as a movie star who had worked and was friends with gays and lesbians, many of whom voted for him, but then vetoed that bill,” Takei stated. “I was so angry that I spoke to the press for the first time as a gay man at the age of 68.”

Schwarzenegger stated in 2005 that the invoice “simply [added] confusion to a constitutional issue.” He vetoed one other invoice that will have legalized same-sex marriage in 2007.

George Takei stated he was within the closet for a protracted interval in his profession however got here out as a result of he turned “so angry” over the previous governor and “Terminator” star’s actions.

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Takei instructed The Stage that it took him a very long time to return out due to bias within the movie and tv industries.

“I learned at a young age that you couldn’t be an openly gay actor and hope to be employed,” Takei stated.

“And I was already an Asian-American actor, so I was already limited a lot,” he stated. “To this day, there are big Hollywood actors who are not out in order to protect their careers.”

Takei beforehand criticized Schwarzenegger in 2006, saying the previous governor “betrayed” his associates within the LGBTQ group by vetoing the same-sex marriage invoice the prior yr.

“When he betrayed them and played to the narrowest, most reactionary, conservative segment of his base and vetoed that bill I felt I needed to speak out,” Takei instructed The Progressive journal on the time. “And in order for me to do that, I felt my voice needed to be authentic.”