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Star Trek Star George Takei Makes A Special Visit To South Korea To Promote Gay Rights

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06/09/2014 10:28 am
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Star Trek Star George Takei Makes A Special Visit To South Korea To Promote Gay Rights
Media Courtesy of Shim Hyun-cheol / The Korea Times

Jonathan Frahm Staff Writer @JNoodles_

Star Trek star, internet-trainer and LGBT hero George Takei made a special visit to Seoul early last week to promote gay rights. South Korea is a country where a traditionally conservative Confucian mindset is not hard to come by, and there’s arguably a long road ahead of LGBT individuals before revolution can truly be sparked in the country. With that said, for Takei, there’s palpable hope for a change at any moment. In an interview with The Korea Times, Takei stressed that the most pertinent Confucian beliefs could still be integrated into an LGBT-friendly mindset. “You say there is the Confucian ethics. But the core unit of a society is the family,” he began. “Parental love for their child, and the child’s love for the parents, and sibling love – that’s the glue that holds that unit of society together.” He further went to hit the nail squarely on the head when he said, “When parents prioritize some ancient belief over parental for the child, it’s unnatural.” In relation to the staunch ignorance towards LGBTs that largely exists in Korea today, Uncle George reminded people of where America is and where it has come from within just the last 50 years. Recalling his first days on Star Trek, he remembers keeping his lips sealed about his being gay but remaining active in civil rights cases. The man once marched with Martin Luther King, Jr. in honor of rights for all races, and today he’s doing some amazing work for the LGBT movement worldwide. To be reminded of far we’ve come in less than 100 years is truly remarkable, and if we can do it, so can South Korea and the rest of the world. Kudos to you, Mr. Takei! Keep Up With PopWrapped On The Web!



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