Karen Ocamb

LA Pride: Star Trek's George Takei at LGBT Heritage Month Kick Off

Filed By Karen Ocamb | June 10, 2012 5:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: Antonio Villaraigosa, George Takei, LA Pride, LGBT Heritage Month

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LA Mayor Villaraigosa's Pride honorees George Takei, Karina Samala, and Jewel Thais-Williams (Photo by Mary Jo Godges)

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and other city leaders marked the city's second annual LGBT Heritage Month with a June 1 ceremony inside City Council Chambers by honoring George Takei, longtime actor (Star Trek) and LGBT activist; Jewel Thais-Willliams, LGBT and HIV/AIDS community activist and owner of one of the first Black-owned LGBT nightclubs, Jewel's Catch One Disco; and founder of the Village Health Foundation and transgender activist Karina Samala, who has worked with the LAPD on new guidelines for law enforcement.

George Takei's enthusiasm was catching, albeit not all honorees gave the mayor a big kiss. See for yourself after the break.

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Actor George Takei kisses LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa at Pride ceremony June 1 (Photo by Mary Jo Godges)

George Takei's husband Brad Altman was there too.

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Brad Altman and husban George Takei (Photo by Mary Jo Godges)

Here's George Takei's acceptance speech:


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