Actor George Takei on Saturday received GLAAD's Vito Russo Award at the 25th annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York City.

The award honors an openly LGBT media professional who has made a significant difference promoting gay rights.

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.

Stafford Arima, director of the upcoming Broadway musical Allegiance starring Takei, presented the award.

During his acceptance speech, Takei joked that he especially wanted to thank “young straight couples because they will be making the gay babies of tomorrow.”

Working in concert with GLAAD, with it's history of achievement and the legacy of Vito Russo, we will make this a better world, a more equal society for all people, for all people. And especially young straight couples, because they are going to be making the gay babies of tomorrow,” Takei said. (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

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