July 7, 2016


'Star Trek' Isn't Making a Big Deal About Its First Gay Character

Paramount Pictures
Paramount Pictures

Star Trek Beyond will feature its first gay character, Sulu, and isn't demanding credit for it. That's how you challenge hetero norms!

Apparently, in the new movie, Sulu is seen with a same-sex partner and a daughter. Some are saying the subtle sexual orientation reference is an ode to George Takei, who had to hide his sexuality until 2005 in order to maintain his place in Hollywood. Back in the 1960s, when he was on the original Star Trek series, they talked about having a gay crew member, but show creator Gene Roddenberry told Takei that they wouldn't be able to keep the show on the air if they did so. But showrunner Bryan Fuller has already hinted that the new Star Trek series coming in 2017 will have a gay character aboard the ship.

John Cho, who plays Sulu, says that not making its first gay character a big deal was a A+ move by the franchise. “I liked the approach, which was not to make a big thing out it, which is where I hope we are going as a species, to not politicize one’s personal orientations,” Cho told the Herald Sun.

The film's characters don't judge Sulu for being gay, the Sun writes. He's just who he is! And in Trek world, they probably wouldn't have news articles like this.

Watch the Star Trek Beyond trailer below. The movie hits theaters on July 22.