Takei Supports Gay Activists Promoting School Debate

By Michelle
April 18, 2006 - 8:14 PM

George Takei (Sulu) stopped by a rally to support a group of student activists trying to counter homophobia based on religion in US universities.

The Associated Press via Yahoo! reported that Takei, who was visiting Minneapolis to speak at a gay pride event at the University of Minnesota, joined a group of Soulforce Equality Riders who had been locked out of North Central University in Minneapolis, which is run by the Assemblies of God.

The Soulforce Equality Riders are a group of activists who travel by bus to US colleges with policies that oppose homosexuality and homosexual enrollment based on religious or military ideology. The group promotes vigils, Bible study and class discussions to counter faith-based prejudice against gays and lesbians. North Central barred them from their school buildings, so the group held a rally at the park across the street where Takei stopped to see them.

The Riders "equality trek" has values in common with those of Star Trek, said Takei, who noted, "They have shown courage and character in showing that most people of faith are not extreme reactionaries who oppose equal rights." The tour began in the group's hometown of Lynchburg, Virginia, near Liberty University.

The original article is here.

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