George Takei Explains Why He Chose To Be Part Of Columbus Pride Parade


Saturday's 33rd annual Columbus Pride parade kicks off with a larger than life grand marshall. 

Social justice advocate and actor George Takei arrived in Columbus Friday night and spoke exclusively with 10TV's Kristyn Hartman.

Takei is best known as Sulu on Star Trek and as a super user on social media.

George Takei has more than 7 million followers on Facebook.  He engages them with fun content but that's not all. 

"I thought it was a great opportunity to do something for democracy," said Takei.

For the actor and activist, that's meant being a voice for change with social issues close to his heart.

"I have a wonderful megaphone to talk about LGBT equality," he said.

Takei's path to this point began with lessons learned long ago.

After Pearl Harbor, when he was just boy, his family ended up in a Japanese internment camp just because of their ancestry.

"It was barbed wire fences that confined us.  LGBT people are also confined by invisible barbed wire fences," said Takei.  "You grow up knowing you're different, feeling isolated and alone."

In 2005, political events compelled him to speak out and he's been open about his life with his husband ever since.

Takei says Columbus's Stephen Snyder-Hill is part of the national evolution.  Snyder-Hill is why agreed to be the grand marshal of the city's pride parade.

Snyder-Hill is a major in the US military.  He's known as the soldier who got booed at the Republican presidential primary debate when he asked a question about same-sex rights.

"He had the guts to ask that question," said Takei.

He adds it is one of many defining moments in an ongoing movement.

"Those barbed fences are snapped and more people feel confident enough to be who they are," said Takei.