'Star Trek' Gets Its First Openly Gay Major Character
Some fans have been pressuring the franchise to include a prominent LGBT character for years.By Samantha Crook | July 7, 2016
"Star Trek" will have its first openly gay major character when "Star Trek Beyond" hits theaters.
The actor John Cho, who plays Hikaru Sulu, made the announcement in an interview with Australia's Herald Sun. Some fans have been pressuring the franchise to include a prominent LGBT character, and for some it might've seemed like the moment would never come.
LGBT advocates have argued the franchise's history of depicting progressive narratives made it a perfect vehicle for LGBT representation. The original 1960s TV series has been commended for pushing the boundaries with a racially diverse cast, and in 1968, "Star Trek" became the first series in the country to show an interracial kiss.