is boldly going where no Star Trek
vet has gone before: out of the closet. The 68-year-old actor who played chief helm officer Mr. Sulu in the original series has confirmed that he is gay. He made the revelation in the current issue of Frontiers
, a Los Angeles magazine covering the gay and lesbian community. Takei said he would have come out sooner were it not for Starfleet's "don't ask, don't tell" policy.