After a Governor Betrayed the Gay Community, George Takei Knew He Had to Come Out
The story of George Takei's coming out is an epic unto itself. For most of his adult life, during which time homosexuality was considered a crime, he had to hide his true self to protect his career as an actor. When he broached the topic with Gene Roddenberry, creator of Star Trek, even the progressive Roddenberry balked, convinced that his show would be shut down if it featured a gay character. After decades of quiet humility, Takei broke his silence and spoke out when Arnold Schwarzenegger, then governor of California, vetoed a gay-marriage bill. While he fully expected his career to decline as a result, the opposite happened. You can catch his live-action show, Allegiance, currently running on Broadway.