Sunday, May 22, 2011

It's OK to be Takei

I am TOTALLY in love with George Takei now. Now to decide between a t-shirt and a mug. I wish they had a bag.

Some people are really surprised by Mr. Takei's ability to make us laugh even when discussing very serious things. It's not what they expect from Hikaru Sulu.

That's because he's NOT Hikaru Sulu. He's a very intelligent man named Georg Takei. I had the privilege of meeting him a few years ago at a charity event. He was talking about famous people who like Star Trek. He asked people to guess which senator was a fan. One person said that they don't pay attention to "that stuff." Mr. Takei told him that he has to pay attention if we're ever going to get to the future Trekkies love so much. He said something like, "We can dream about the future but we have to live in today." That's a paraphrase but it is the sentiment.

That made me HEART him big time.

Read about the "no gay" law here.

I don't get how a law that makes it a crime to talk about any kind of relationships other than heterosexual ones is anything but hateful. Even if the teachers are talking to kids who have gay family members/friends they still can't talk about homosexuality. Nothing like negating a person's existence to make them feel good about themselves and their world. As if ignoring the problem will make it go away.

Say for a moment that you can stop elementary school kids from seeing anything related to gay life. What happens to them when they get into high school? Are they going to be shocked? Upset? Will they think every one has been lying to them?

Here's an extreme example of what can happen when you keep a huge part of the world from kids. I had a friend in high school who was German Canadian. She was a nice, friendly girl. After high school we ended up in a film class together. One night the prof screened  the documentary Night and Fog. A few minutes into the film my friend ran out. When I found her a little while later she was crying. I asked her what was wrong and she said that she didn't know what the Germans had done to Jews during WWII.

Somehow, she managed to miss WWII history classes. I understand her family not going into any details about the war but to not say anything? To act as if it didn't happen? How could they let her live without any knowledge? She quit school after that night. The last time I saw her she was moving to another city and she hadn't spoken to her parents for months.

As I said, an extreme example but I am of the opinion that hiding things just makes the problem worse.

 A different take on the problem

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