America’s Buddhist. Happy Eightieth, George!

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George Hosato Takei was born in Los Angeles, California, on this day, April 20th, 1937.

Today, he is probably best known for his social media presence as a wit and social commentator. He is, of course, also a social justice activist, with a focus, although hardly exclusively on LGBTQ rights. And, for most all of us of a certain age, and it seems generations following, he is and will always be Star Trek’s Lt Hikaru Sulu.

In 2008 he married his long time partner Brad Altman. Walter Koenig and Nichelle Nichols stood with them as witnesses in a Buddhist service. Which is significant for me as George Takei is probably America’s most prominent non-cleric Buddhist.

Many fond wises for a happy birthday, and for many more to come…

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