"I've always been an advocate. I grew up in two U.S. internment camps. I was too young to understand that at the time," he said. "As a teenager I couldn't reconcile what I was reading in my civics books with my boyhood."
That led him to realize that he would have to speak out and up for equality, something he's been doing publicly since coming out in 2005. It's also gotten him nearly 3.1 million fans on Facebook where he blends humor, nerdiness and earnestness in his postings.
"Humor plays and kittens play," he said of his page. "And I slip in a little advocacy in between because it's me."
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