Actor George Takei, who is best known for his role as Hikaru Sulu on Star Trek, will serve as grand marshal to the Seattle Pride Parade.

As an actor, social justice activist, social media power, author of Lions and Tigers and Bears and Bears: The Internet Strikes Back and Oh Myyy! There Goes the Internet, and star of [the] upcoming Broadway musical Allegiance, Takei has used his roles and public persona to advance LGBT and human rights around the world,” parade organizers said Wednesday in announcing their choice.

Takei came out in 2005, prompted by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's veto of a gay marriage bill.

He married Brad Altman in 2008.

The Seattle Pride Parade takes place on June 29 in downtown Seattle.