Last night at the East West Players Theater in Los Angeles, Star Trek’s original Sulu, George Takei was one of four honorees at 7th Annual Ivy Bethune Tri-Union Diversity Awards. We have details and photos from the event, including other Trek celebs who attended.
Takei honored for activism
The Ivy Bethune Tri-Union Diversity Awards is held annually by the Screen Actors Guild, Actors Equity and the American Federation of Television artists. The wards honor "individuals and organizations in the performing arts that have taken an active stand to make a difference toward a more representational, multicultural community by helping build a foundation for diversity within the industry." George Takei was one of four honorees in 2009, and he was given the award "for his long-standing history of activism for artists of every race and creed, in addition to his very high profile work on issues of marriage equality and sexual orientation discrimination." The other honorees for this year were dancer Cheryl Burke (Dancing With the Stars), comedian Charlie Hill, and writer/actor Dr. Victoria Ann Lewis.
Originally Star Trek’s new Sulu, John Cho, was going to be presenting the award to Takei, but had to cancel at the last minute due to his shooting schedule. However, Takei’s Star Trek co-star Nichelle Nichols was there, along with with Voyager’s Garrett Wang.
Once again, friend-of-the-site Al Ortega has provided us with event photos, with Takei and other Star Trek celebrities who attended.
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Al photos by Albert L. Ortega. Al’s Photos are available at prphotos.com