Actor George Takei will be honored at
the 25th annual GLAAD Media Awards.
Takei will receive the Gay &
Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation's (GLAAD) Vito Russo Award in New
York City on Saturday, May 3.
The award honors an openly LGBT media
professional who has made a significant difference promoting gay
The 77-year-old Takei, who is best
known for his role as Hikaru Sulu on Star Trek, came
out in 2005, prompted by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's
veto of a gay marriage bill. Three years later, he married Brad
Altman in California.
voices have been as outspoken in support of equality as George
Takei,” GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said in a
statement. “George has consistently used his platform to move the
cultural needle on issues like marriage equality, LGBT employment
protections, anti-LGBT bullying and more.”
Takei, John Lithgow films to premiere at Sundance.)
award recipients include CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, singer Ricky
Martin and money guru Suze Orman.
also announced that Australian pop singer Kylie Minogue will perform
at next month's event.
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