Takei, a Japanese-American who lived in a U.S. internment camp from age 4 to 8, said he grew up feeling shameful about his ethnicity and sexuality. He likened prejudice against gays to racial segregation.
"It's against basic decency and what American values stand for," he said.
ETA: Whole interview here. Please note, this may be triggery for those of you who, like me, were scarred by the play Equus in drama class.