George Takei Protests Tennessee's 'Don't Say Gay' Bill
Star Trek legend George Takei is taking a stand against a controversial bill which bans teachers in Tennessee from discussing homosexuality in the classroom.
The openly gay star is opposing the new legislation, which would make it illegal for educators to talk with students about any orientation other than heterosexuality.
In a video clip posted online, Takei says, "A bill recently approved by a Tennessee Senate committee would prohibit teachers in that state from discussing homosexuality in the classroom. The so-called Don't Say Gay law is premised on the misguided belief that by not talking about gay people they can simply make us disappear."
"I'm here to tell Tennessee and all LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) youth and teachers who would be affected by this law that I am here for you."
The actor proceeds to poke fun at the bill by offering up a light-hearted alternative, adding: "I'm lending my name to the cause. Any time you need to say the word 'gay' you can simply say 'Takei'. For example, you could safely proclaim you are in support of Takei marriage. If you're in a more festive mood, you can march in a Takei pride parade."
"Even homophobic slurs don't seem as hurtful if someone says, 'That is so Takei!'"