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George Takei and La Toya Jackson to join this year's San Diego Pride celebration

SAN DIEGO -- Social Media superstar George Takei, and musical legend and philanthropist La Toya Jackson will take part in this year's San Diego Pride celebration, organizers announced today.

Actor, author and activist George Takei will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Spirit of Stonewall Rally and Flag Raising. He will champion Pride’s 2013 theme “Freedom to Love and Marry.”

Takei had this to say about his participation:

"Freedom, love, and commitment are shared values across the spectrum of humanity, and I'm honored to celebrate and share that truth alongside my husband at this year's San Diego LGBT Pride.”

Takei will be joined by his husband, Brad Takei, as San Diego Pride Parade grand marshals due to their extensive work as fearless advocates for marriage, anti-bullying efforts and LGBT equality.

Jackson will also be a celebrity grand marshal in the San Diego Pride Parade for her efforts in continuing her late brother Michael’s mission to combat HIV and AIDS. Jackson will then appear at the Festival main stage Sunday evening as an MC as we close out Pride weekend.

“I am so excited and I am absolutely honored to be a part of San Diego Pride. Love is hard for anyone to find and if you have someone who you love enough to marry, why not celebrate it?” Jackson said.

San Diego Pride will be held July 12-14. Details, tickets and additional information are available HERE.