From Sci Fi Wire — The News Service of the Sci Fi Channel: George Takei “comes out” of the closet, but muses that it’s more like an emergence:
“It’s not really coming out, which suggests opening a door and stepping through,” Takei, 68, told the magazine. “It’s more like a long, long walk through what began as a narrow corridor that starts to widen. And then some doors are open, and light comes in, and there are skylights, and it widens.”
This is a beautiful metaphor. I also hope that there’s a large cheering crowd to welcome him; it seems that way, as many other bloggers have talked about Takei’s announcement in a positive way, almost in a congratulatory mood.
Later in the Sci Fi Wire story, he goes on to say,
“I’ve not had a good experience with one sibling,” Takei said. “And I won’t be specific, because it’s still a problem. My mother, initially, had some adjustments to make, but she got to like Brad very much. She got Alzheimer’s, and it got very difficult for her, so we moved her in with us. Brad was wonderful. He was a saint. It’s very difficult when you’re dealing with someone with Alzheimer’s. And some of the stages were … horrific. And Brad helped throughout that. She was with us for the last four years of her life. And I owe so much to him.”
In spite of the struggles he’s had with family, his partner has been there with him all the way. It makes me sad to think that he and his partner Brad can’t marry, and make their partnership and family status complete.