Friday, May 20, 2011

George Takei's Answer to Tennessee's Don't Say Gay Bill

Transcript via Tigtog at Hoyden About Town

 Hi, I’m George Takei. 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 am here to tell Tennessee, and all the LGBT youth and teachers who would be affected by this law, that I am here for you. In fact, I am 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 that you are a supporter of ‘Takei marriage’.
[photo of Takei's own wedding]
If you’re in a more festive mood, you could march in a ‘Takei Pride’ parade.
[photo of Takei marching with a rainbow flag]
Even homophobic slurs don’t seem so hurtful if someone says “That is soooooo Takei”. And around the holidays you can sing “Don we now our Takei apparel”.
Speaking of apparel, I’ve created a T-shirt saying “It’s OK to be Takei!”
[closeup on graphic showing rainbow Star Trek logo on a pink background and the words "It's OK to be Takei!"]
I hope you’ll wear it proudly. We also have buttons, mousepads and mugs – all in time for Takei Pride [indistinct word] Month.
All proceeds go to charity.
Thank you, and as they say on the Flintstones, have a TAKEI old time!
It’s OK to be Takei items available at

How can you not love George Takei?