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Sorry, George, But You're Wrong

If Sulu is straight, then Gene Roddenberry forgot to tell the rest of us

If you told me just 24 hours ago I would be writing a commentary right now disagreeing with George Takei, I would probably laugh you out of the room. Because I love George. Love him to death. Whenever I asked him to come on my old podcast "Alpha Waves Radio," he was there. Every single time. And he's a wonderful man, married to an equally wonderful man, Brad Altman. This morning, however, two communities I'm a part of finally merged. And I was ecstatic. "Star Trek: Beyond" was finally g ...
 | Jul-8-2016 | 
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Oh My: Now Even Mr. Sulu Is Gay

John Cho's character will come out in 'Star Trek: Beyond'

Apparently, gay people exist in the Star Trek future after all. And it doesn't have to be the Mirror Universe, or a Trill, or whatever other way the franchise has sidestepped it over the years. John Cho, who plays Hikaru Sulu in the latest films, says his character will be coming out of the closet in "Star Trek: Beyond." "I liked the approach, which was not to make a big thing out of it," Cho told the Herald Sun during the Australian premiere of "Beyond" overnight Thursday. It's the kind of way he hopes "we are going as a species, to not politicize one's personal ori ...
 | Jul-7-2016 | 
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The Troll That Alec Peters Built

Guest columnist Sandy Greenberg talks about how Axanar case affects him

I think I was destined to love science-fiction. I was born while the Apollo 9 mission was in Earth orbit testing the lunar module. I like to think my first moments of life were listening to the live broadcast of it. When I came home from the hospital, my mum would nurse me while watching the last few episodes of the original “Star Trek.” It's mainly because of her I love sci-fi. Growing up, the only books in the house were by Asimov, Bova, Herbert and many more. One of my beliefs regarding science-fiction is that more is better, and I like nearly everything. From cl ...
 | Mar-16-2016 | 
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Whoopi Goldberg Making First Ever Trek Con Appearance

Oscar-winning actress heads to Las Vegas for Creation Entertainment event

What does it take to get Whoopi Goldberg to a Star Trek convention? How about a chance to celebrate the 50th anniversary in Las Vegas? That was enough for the comedian and actress, who has signed up for her first-ever convention at Creation Entertainment's Las Vegas Convention beginning Aug. 3. "Whoopi is beloved by Star Trek fans for her recurring role as Guinan in 'Star Trek: The Next Generation" and two Star Trek feature films," according to a bio published by Creation. "Appearing at her very first Star Trek convention, audiences worldwide have made Ms. Goldberg one of t ...
 | Mar-8-2016 | 
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Trek Community Celebrates Supreme Court Marriage Decision

Twitter came alive this week not just for 'Star Trek 3,' but for gay marriage too

Not wanting to be upstaged by the first week of filming of "Star Trek 3," the U.S. Supreme Court decided to dominate the news cycle this past week with a couple of key rulings.While one was huge for the Obama administration and his legacy piece, the Affordable Care Act, the other had an impact on many other Americans.In a split 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court said states not allowing same-sex marriage was a violation of the 14th Amendment.It was a widely expected win, but still didn't mute the jubilation celebrated by many in the LGBT community, and its supporters. That incl ...
 | Jun-27-2015 | 
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Nichelle Nichols Recovers From Mild Stroke

Spokesman says no paralysis is present, and she's resting at an L.A. hospital

Nichelle Nichols, the actress who originated the role of communications officer Uhura in the original "Star Trek," suffered what her spokesman has called a mild stroke Wednesday while in her Los Angeles home.The 82-year-old actress is "undergoing testing to determine how severe the stroke was," said Zach McGinnis of Galactic Productions LLC, which handles marketing and appearances for Nichols.The news comes less than three months after her fellow cast mate Leonard Nimoy passed away following a yearslong struggle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.The good news is ...
 | Jun-5-2015 | 
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Remembering Leonard Nimoy, And The Difference He Made

'It's amazing how someone who plays someone so unemotional, stirs the deepest emotions in all of us'

I was so frustrated this morning, digging through a box of mementos that I keep in a corner of my closet. I found copies of newspapers from around Sept. 11, 2001, stacked with local newspaper coverage of my sale of the SyFy brand to NBC Universal, a copy of the script of the Star Trek movie that never was, to even the one time in my life I was quoted in the Washington Post about a decade ago. But I couldn't find what I was really looking for — a student newspaper, from the University of South Florida here in Tampa where I live, from 1996. I am not even mentioned in the ...
 | Feb-28-2015 | 
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Star Trek May Not Be Ready For 50th Anniversary

Can the franchise live up to James Bond, Doctor Who?

The Brits have proven that when it comes to anniversaries, they know how to celebrate it. When James Bond turned 50 in 2012, the writing team of Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and John Logan knew how to celebrate Ian Fleming's creation with "Skyfall." This past year, "Doctor Who" did the same, bringing all 13 Doctors together to make sure that "Gallifrey falls no more." But what about Star Trek? It will turn 50 in 2016 -- now just two years away. And although Paramount Pictures is planning to release the third film in the rebooted universe at the time, one longtime writer and ...
 | Jan-13-2014 | 
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Trekdom Celebrates Gay Marriage Supreme Court Ruling

George Takei, Zachary Quinto among those expressing pride

After months of waiting. the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down key provisions of two laws that had plagued gay civil rights proponents for many years. And the Star Trek community -- where there is infinite diversity in infinite combinations -- celebrated. "Today marks a watershed moment in history and a tremendous victory for the principle of equality," actor George Takei from the original "Star Trek" series told his followers on Facebook. "The 5-4 decision by our Supreme Court striking down DOMA affirms the universality of love -- the desire of all people not ...
 | Jun-26-2013 | 
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Abrams: Takei's Sulu Reaction 'Preposterous'

Gene Roddenberry welcomed 'inclusivity,' producer says

A lot of people were surprised by George Takei's reaction that the character he originated in the original "Star Trek" would be outed as gay in the upcoming "Star Trek: Beyond." One person who really scratched his head over the reaction was none other than producer J.J. Abrams, who completely disagreed with the 79-year-old actor on how Trek creator Gene Roddenberry would receive news of having an original character come out of the closet. "I have nothing but respect for the man," Abr ...
 | Jul-18-2016 | 
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