George Takei Honored as Grand Marshal of the
2014 Stonewall Columbus Pride Parade
Stonewall Columbus is pleased to announce that George Takei will lead the 2014 Pride Parade in Columbus, Ohio, June 21, 2014.
“We are honored to have George Takei join us for this year’s Pride Celebration,” says Karla Rothan, Executive Director of Stonewall Columbus. “As an artist and activist George’s compelling story syncs with our theme, “Created Equal.” Our logo for Pride is the rainbow flag torn apart in the center of our state outline. We are far from treated equally in this state and in so many places around the world. Throughout the globe LGBT people live without equal rights in isolation and fear. George has worked tirelessly on behalf of our rights and we honor him in June for his lifetime of activism. Join us and George as we march to end discrimination and fight to eliminate hate.”
Grand Marshal, George Takei will lead the Pride Parade on Saturday, June 21, 2014, stepping off at 11am (an hour earlier than previous parades) in downtown Columbus. Mr. Takei will also be accepting his award as the Grand Marshal at the Pride Brunch on Sunday, June 22, 2014, 11am-1pm at the Columbus Athenaeum. Limited tickets are available and reservations are required. Tickets will not be available at the door.
About George Takei
Actor, social justice activist, social media mega-power, author of “Lions and Tigers and Bears: The Internet Strikes Back” and “Oh Myyy! There Goes the Internet,” and star of upcoming Broadway musical Allegiance.
With a career spanning five decades, George Takei is known around the world for his founding role in the acclaimed television series Star Trek, in which he played Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the Starship Enterprise. Takei starred in three seasons of Star Trek and later reprised his iconic role in six movies.
Mashable.com in 2012 reported Takei is the #1 most-influential person on Facebook, currently with more than 6.3 million likes. Takei has more than one million followers on Twitter. Takei authored “Oh Myyy! There Goes the Internet,” released in e-book and paperback in 2012, and it ranked #10 on the New York Times E-book nonfiction list.
Takei’s Take, produced by AARP, is a new YouTube series where Takei explores the world of technology, trends, current events and pop culture.
“To Be Takei,” a Jennifer M. Kroot documentary on the life and career of Takei, premiered at Sundance Film Festival in January 2014 and will have a theatrical release later in 2014.
Takei and Tony Award winner Lea Salonga are developing “Allegiance – A New American Musical.” The musical is an epic story of love, family and heroism during the Japanese American internment. Allegiance’s world premiere at the Old Globe theatre in San Diego in 2012 will be followed by a Broadway run.
Free Birds, a computer-animated 3D comedy film in theaters on Nov. 1, 2013, features the voice of Takei along with Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson.
Takei is featured in the comedy film Larry Crowne, starring Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts, released in July 2011 by Universal Pictures.
In addition to a busy acting career, Takei regularly appears on Howard Stern’s Sirius XM satellite radio show.
Takei’s on-camera television credits include guest appearances on Lost Girl, The Neighbors, Hawaii Five-0, The New Normal, Supah Ninjas, Malcolm in the Middle, Scrubs, Miami Vice, MacGyver, Hawaii Five-0, The Six Million Dollar Man, Mission: Impossible, My Three Sons, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea and The Twilight Zone. He has appeared on The Big Bang Theory, Psych, 3rd Rock from the Sun and Will & Grace.
Takei has brought his voiceover talent to hundreds of characters in film, television, video games and commercials during his prolific career. In film, Takei can be heard voicing characters in such films as Mulan, Mulan II and Batman Beyond: The Movie. He has voiced characters for numerous animated series including The Simpsons, Transformers: Animated, Kim Possible, Futurama, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Spider-Man, The Smurfs and George Lucas’ Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
Adding to his resume, Takei has provided narration on many projects including the 2009 PBS series The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, the 2006 Peabody Award-winning radio documentary, Crossing East, centered on the history of Asian American immigration to the United States and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (cassette) which garnered Takei a Grammy Award nomination for Best Spoken Word Album.
He is also an accomplished author having written Oh Myyy! There Goes the Internet, Lions and Tigers and Bears: The Internet Strikes Back, co-written the science-fiction novel Mirror Friend, Mirror Foe with Robert Asprin and published his autobiography To the Stars in 1994.
Takei, a Japanese American who from age 4 to 8 was unjustly interned in two U.S. internment camps during World War II, is an outspoken supporter of human right issues and community activist. Takei is chairman emeritus and a trustee of the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles. The openly gay Takei has served as the spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign “Coming Out Project,” and was cultural affairs chairman of the Japanese American Citizens League. He was appointed to the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission by former President Clinton and the government of Japan awarded Takei the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette, for his contribution to U.S. – Japanese relations. The decoration was conferred by His Majesty, Emperor Akihito, at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. In 2007, Asteroid 7307 Takei, located between Mars and Jupiter, was named in the performer’s honor in appreciation for his social work.
Takei currently lives in Los Angeles with his husband Brad Takei. They were married at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, on Sept. 14, 2008.