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So, George Takei

His keynote was amazing and I teared up more than once. He started off talking about when he was a little boy and he saw soldiers with guns and bayonets arrive at his family's house and take them to a vacated racetrack, where the family of five lived in a single stall for three months before being moved to Arkansas for over three years. At the end of that time, they were given $20 and a train ticket to go where they would.

He talked about coming out to his family and how when his mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's his husband took care of her. She couldn't always remember her other children but she remembered Brad to the end.

He spoke about living as a gay man in the fifties and sixties and about all his activism and how Star Trek has inspired so many people to work to make the future a better place for us all.

So yeah. <3

~

My panel went okay. Ours was the first panel I had been to where all the panelists showed up and they all went long even when I passed them notes. Siiiiiiiigh. So we had very little time for q&a, but everything worked out. So now I can breathe a little easier and tomorrow hang out with rubynye and yeah. *G*

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marthawells
Apr. 13th, 2012 02:28 am (UTC)
Very cool. I'd love to see him in person sometime.
caitri
Apr. 13th, 2012 02:49 am (UTC)
He was such a great speaker, and very patient with everyone's questions andcomments, and yeah. <33333333
amine_eyes
Apr. 13th, 2012 09:11 am (UTC)
So glad it went well hun, and that keynote sounds AMAZING <333
sangueuk
Apr. 13th, 2012 11:53 am (UTC)
that's so lovely, bb - thanks for sharing that :D And you're seeing Ruby? I insist you both hug the other on my left out behalf!
rubynye
Apr. 13th, 2012 06:27 pm (UTC)
We absolutively will!
aadarshinah
Apr. 13th, 2012 01:07 pm (UTC)
Cool. Very cool.
emluv
Apr. 13th, 2012 04:13 pm (UTC)
He always seems so lovely, and with such a great sense of humor. How wonderful you got to see him in person. :)
rubynye
Apr. 13th, 2012 06:27 pm (UTC)
*bounces in anticipation*
tn_tiger
Apr. 14th, 2012 03:34 am (UTC)
I've seen him speak in person before. He is epic.
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