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Tennessee Equality Project seeks to advance and protect the civil rights of our State’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons and their families in each Grand Division.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Good news from George Takei

Many thanks to a local reporter in Memphis for sharing the following response from George Takei's publicist. From the response, it appears that Mr. Karns is difficult to contact.
From: Michael Karns
Date: March 9, 2012 10:32:56 AM CST
To: Jared Burrow
Subject: Re: "It's OK to Be Takei" Press Question

Hi Jared,

George Takei donates 100% of his profits from all merchandise sales to his favorite charities at different levels, including The Human Rights Campaign, The Japanese American National Museum, and the Old Globe Theater in San Diego.  Thanks for your question!  May I ask how you received my email address? Just out of curiosity.

Michael Karns

On Fri, Mar 9, 2012 at 7:27 AM, Jared Burrow  wrote:
My name is Jared Burrow.
I am currently working on an article about the various anti-LGBT practices in Tennessee.  While doing so, I discovered George Takei's video directed towards Tennessee lawmakers.
In the video, Takei states that proceeds from his "It's OK to Be Takei" merchandise would go to charity, however he fails to mention which charity.
For the purpose of my article, I would like to request information as to which charities these proceeds are going to.
Thank you,
Jared Burrow
We're glad to see the mystery solved. The Human Rights Campaign frequently partners with Tennessee Equality Project in our work here in Tennessee. HRC regularly promotes equality advocacy in Tennessee through support of TEP's Advancing Equality Day on the Hill (which is next Tuesday) and petitions against anti-LGBT legislation in Tennessee like the Don't Say Gay bill. TEP is a grateful recipient of past HRC grants for our local lobbying work.

So it does appear that George Takei has plotted a course toward equality. To which we say: WARP SPEED AHEAD!

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