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posted Friday, March 28 2014 - Volume 42 Issue 13
George Takei will be Celebrity Grand Marshal at Seattle's 2014 Pride Parade
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George Takei will be Celebrity Grand Marshal at Seattle's 2014 Pride Parade

by Victor Bogatko - SGN Contributing Writer

This year's Seattle Pride Parade will mark its 40th anniversary. To celebrate this historic landmark, organizers of the event, Seattle Out & Proud, will host none other than George Takei to lead the parade as Celebrity Grand Marshal.

The theme of this year's celebration is Generations of Pride, making Mr. Takei's appearance all the more special. His career indeed spans many generations and there isn't a person in the LGBT community (or a 'Star Trek' fan) who doesn't recognize his name.

With a career spanning half a century, George Takei is probably best known around the world as Hikaru Sulu, the role he played in the famous television series 'Star Trek.' As an actor, human rights activist, and social media powerhouse, Takei has for many years used his roles and public image to advance LGBT rights around the world. With more than 6.4 million followers, he's ranked as one of Facebook's most influential people, often posting hilarious memos, quotes, and images as well as voicing support for LGBT causes.

A Japanese American, Takei is no stranger to discrimination. Aside from overcoming anti-Gay bias in a competitive field as an actor, he was interned in two U.S. internment camps during World War II as a child. Today, he is one of Hollywood's most successful Gay actors, chairman emeritus and trustee of the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, and one of the most liked and respected media personalities. He has served as a spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign's 'Coming Out Project,' was cultural affairs chairman of the Japanese American Citizens League, and is the recipient of numerous awards, honors, and recognitions.

His obviously busy schedule was Seattle Out & Proud's biggest obstacle in getting him to come to Seattle's Pride Parade. 'He is absolutely booked all of the time,' says Adam McRoberts, Vice President of Seattle Out & Proud. 'It took us two years to make this happen.' Needless to say, organizers of Seattle Pride are ecstatic. 'Thrilled, overjoyed! Mr. Takei is perfect for our 40th anniversary theme,' says Adam McRoberts.

The news will no doubt be good for the city and the celebration come June 29th. 'People outside of Seattle are going to recognize us here, that our Pride celebration is a pretty big deal,' a local Seattleite beamed on Facebook after hearing the good news.

The Seattle Pride Parade steps off on Sunday, June 29 at 11:00 a.m. along 4th Avenue in downtown Seattle.

For more information, contact the Seattle Gay News at 206-324-4297 or Seattle Out & Proud Vice President Adam McRoberts at 206-322-9561, ext. 112.

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