Takei, 75, is a fierce advocate and voice for the LGBT and Asian communities. The former Star Trek star, who played Captain Hikaru Sulu, is a Los Angeles native of Japanese descent. Takei recently world-premiered Allegiance, a musical about Japanese-American internment camps, in September 2012.
Kim Coco Iwamoto became the highest-ranked openly transgender official in the U.S. when she won a seat on Hawaii's Board of Education in 2006. Iwamoto, of Japanese descent, has continuously advocated and worked with LGBT youth as a licensed therapeutic foster parent, lawyer and public figure.
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