George Takei Reveals He Officially Came Out Because He Was Upset With Arnold Schwarzenegger For Rejecting A Same-Sex Marriage Bill
George Takei has zero fucks to give anyone who tries to discount him as an out-and-proud gay man. But even George has previously revealed it took him so long to come out because Hollywood is exclusively only filled with straight people (insert eye roll and hearty laugh here). So with that in mind, and since he wanted to continue his acting career, he kept his private affairs on the hush-hush. But all of that changed after California governor (and former monotone action hero) Arnold Schwarzenegger decided to turn his back on all of his former LGBTQ+ friends and colleagues with a bill that smacked down same-sex marriage.
In a recent interview with The Stage (via Variety), George discussed a few of his life stories. Apparently, I’m not sure if you’re aware or not, but you can’t be gay in Hollywood. I know, shock and awe, honey! And during his decades-long career, George knew it was better to keep quiet so the checks would continue growing in his bank account. But as soon as Arnold terminated a bill supporting gay marriage, George changed his catchphrase from “Oh My!” to “Oh HELL No!”
“I was closeted for a long period of my career,” Takei continued. “I was silent during the AIDS crisis, which fills me with guilt, although I did write checks and checks to AIDS organizations. 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. I was so angry that I spoke to the press for the first time as a gay man at the age of 68.”
I see George was not about to stay buried in the closet after Arnold forgot to recall his initial support of the community totally. Oh yes, Arnold was such a stone-faced statue of staunch family values unless we’re talking about his son with the housekeeper (oops). When George came out of the glass closet in 2005, he told Frontiers magazine (via The Advocate) why it was so important to share his story with the world.
I think it was more the political climate…Society has been changing. Today gay teens are now feature stories in Time magazine—that generation thinks being gay is just a part of society. The world has changed dramatically. In my teenage days that was the most inconceivable thing. Because of the changes that are happening I see the
potential for significant change—[the potential] that I might be able to contribute to the gay community as I have
to the Japanese-American community and to the civil rights movement.
Now almost twenty years later, George remains one of the biggest voices in the LGBTQ community, which just goes to show it doesn’t matter when you come out. Just as long as you blow the hinges off of the closet door and enter your new life singing Twisted Sister’s ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It!’ you’ll be just fine.