George Takei, best known from his role as Hikaru Sulu in the original Star Trek series, will receive the 2013 National Leadership Award at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s 17th Annual Miami Recognition Dinner on November 9.
“I am deeply honored to be recognized by this wonderful organization that has been fighting for LGBT equality for the past four decades,” said Takei in a statement to the Associated Press. “It is a privilege to be part of an event… that raises money for multiple organizations serving our community.”
Takei, who married longtime partner Brad Altman in 2008, has long been active in LGBT organizations and causes, though he did not officially come out until 2005.
On August 20, Takei condemned the International Olympics Committee (IOC) for their inadequate response to Russia’s new anti-gay laws—despite several petitions and much public upset, the IOC has not relocated next year’s Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.
“The president of the IOC, Jacques Rogge, is a weak and a spineless person,” said Takei on Sirius XM’s The Agenda. “He said that he’s talked to the Russian government and they won’t relent. So, he’s thrown up his hands.”
Takei suggests that Rogge take a stand against the Russians, urging the IOC to relocate the Olympics, or even disqualify all Russian athletes in order to make a bold statement to Putin.
“If they can’t take the Olympics out [of Russia], then they should disqualify all Russian athletes. I mean how humiliating, to Putin, would it be to have the Olympics in Russia and the Russian athletes are disqualified from participation?”
The full interview can be found here.