GettyImages.com June 21, 2011 8:00 PM
After steering the Starship Enterprise for almost 40 years, "Star Trek's" George Takei announced in 2005 that he was gay and had been in a relationship with a man for 18 years. Later, he told the Associated Press why he had decided to come out. "The world has changed from when I was a young teen feeling ashamed for being gay," Takei said. "The issue of gay marriage is now a political issue. That would have been unthinkable when I was young."