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BEING GEORGE

WAR-TIME INTERNEE, GROUND-BREAKING SPACE TRAVELLER, INTERNET SENSATION AND POLITICAL ACTIVIST – GEORGE TAKEI IS A TRULY STELLAR LGBTI HERO. ON THE EVE OF HIS LIVE SHOWS IN AUSTRALIA, HE CHATS WITH ANDREW CREAGH ABOUT STAR TREK, TRUMP, LUCILLE BALL AND INTERNET FAME.

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DNA: You spent the early part of your life in an internment camp for Japanese people in the USA at the start of the WWII. Do you see parallels between that experience and the treatment of immigrants in the USA today?

George Takei: There are aspects that are similar and others that are not. The WWII internment was of American citizens of Japanese ancestry – not of “Japanese people”. We were not immigrants. My mother was born in Sacramento, California, and my father was a San Franciscan. My siblings and I were born in Los Angeles. We were Americans. There were no charges against us, no trial, no due process. Just wholesale incarceration simply because of our Japanese ancestry. It was an egregious violation of the US Constitution for which President Reagan apologised in 1988, more than 40 years after the internment. Where there are parallels is with Donald Trump’s characterisation of immigrants today with the sweeping portrayal of certain groups of people trying to come to the US as “potential terrorists” or “drug dealers and rapists” and subjecting them to bigotry and exclusion by a twisting of the law. Donald Trump’s Muslim travel ban Executive Order or the building of a wall between Mexico and the US to prevent Mexicans from crossing into our country is the modern day parallel to the internment of Japanese American 75 years ago.

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Yes! We're saying yes to same-sex marriage in Australia ahead of the nationwide postal survey – and so are dozens of celebrity supporters in our #Yes campaign! For readers outside Australia, we're sure you'll enjoy Andrew Lambropoulos on the cover anyway – yes! Also in DNA this month, we focus on Fitness. Both Samuel Higgins and Laurence Hines have remarkable personal journeys in which they transformed their bodies from unhealthy teens to sort-after models. They're inspirations! And there's 10 pages of hot fitness fashion shot by Russell Fleming on the Gold Coast. It's a celebrity-packed issue with Kathy Griffin going off on Trump, and the adorable George Takei getting coy about what kind of underwear Sulu from Star Trek wore! Aussie singer Anthony Callea gets fired up about politics and his adventure with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and Bloc Party's Kele tells us about becoming a gay dad. Aussie hunk Rodger Corser talks about his TV career, who he'd date if he was gay, and what happened when a played a zombie with no underpants! It's Halloween soon so we found the sexiest Halloween party in LA, and one hell of a street party in New York! Speaking of travel, we continue our Honeymoon Hotspots series with stop-overs in Italy, India and a gay cruise in The Caribbean. There's Dear Diva's wise-ass advice, The Deplorables, Month In A Minute and a great lesbian romance movie, The Battle Of The Sexes. All that and more in this month’s DNA. Enjoy!
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