Upcoming Star Trek series will have female lead and gay character

Star Trek DiscoveryThere’s no glass ceiling in space!

Star Trek: Discovery premieres in 2017, but fans are already buzzing. Little is known about the upcoming series, but show runner Bryan Fuller confirmed some exciting news yesterday.

The show’s lead will be female. No, she won’t be the captain, but the show will very much be her story. The female lead will bear the rank of lieutenant commander. Lieutenant commanders are third in command in Starfleet, answering only to the ship’s captain and first officer.

“We’re continuing that tradition and our lead of the show is going to be subject of that same level of who is the best actor and what can we say about diversity in every role we’ll have on the show,” Fuller said.

The new series will also feature a gay character. Fuller said, “We wanted to paint a picture of Starfleet that’s indicative of encountering people who are much more different than we are.” Fuller himself is openly gay, and received hate-mail when it was first rumored that Star Trek: Voyager would have an openly gay character. Star Trek Beyond made history by revealing that lieutenant commander Hikaru Sulu (John Cho) is gay, a first for Star Trek.

Fuller added that the cast will feature seven lead characters.

Star Trek: Discovery‘s first episode will air on CBS in 2017. All subsequent episodes will air exclusively on CBS All Access, the network’s streaming platform.

Excited for Star Trek: Discovery? Leave your thoughts below. ~Yanis Khamsi

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  1. Lulu • August 11, 2016 @ 4:46 PM

    How incredibly original!

  2. Shawn Trueman • August 11, 2016 @ 5:21 PM

    It is unfortunate that “Neanderthals” still reside on planet Earth. I am not gay but have several friends who are. If a character is gay on a program I see no harm in the portraying of the character as long as it is done tastefully.

  3. Snepts • August 11, 2016 @ 11:15 PM

    They made Sulu gay as a “tribute” to the openly gay George Takei, even as Takei opposed the change in his character’s orientation. Zachary Quinto is also gay in real life, so why didn’t they make Spock gay, also? People are taking “political correctness to ridiculous extremes,” changing everything from skin colour to even the gender of beloved and iconic characters, in the process losing sight of the original character that was created and ignoring the intentions of the people behind them. Be inclusive by creating characters with differing backgrounds and orientation, but don’t change someone else’s work just to prove a point.

  4. jkl • August 12, 2016 @ 3:11 AM

    Typical PC tokenism.

  5. zuh • August 12, 2016 @ 8:03 AM

    Why does everything need an openly gay character now? This is getting ridiculous. You don’t need to point this out, put them in the show and, if they did it right, we should be able to tell who is who.

    Pointing fingers in a positive way is still pointing fingers.

  6. Gwen Collins • August 12, 2016 @ 1:33 PM

    I’m not going to say any more about the gay position. Every show should be so inclusive. What I object to is showing this on CBS, then going to their All Access channel. A lot of us don’t do streaming or HBO or any of that stuff. What’s wrong with continuing it on regular CBS channel? I’ve watched all the series put out there and now they are denying me y being able to watch them. I don’t want to get invested then lose the access. Not fair!

  7. Lu Cappy • August 15, 2016 @ 8:58 AM

    Kirk was always so openly hetero that it should have been offensive to a lot of people. He slept with everything! If the point of that was to be titillating, then why not have gay relationships? It’s really not worth discussing, in my humble opinion.

  8. David Meuse • September 5, 2016 @ 2:32 PM

    I do not see why there has to be a highlighted gay person on a show. To advertise it will definitely make me not watch it. I like the Star Trek so far but I will not watch this new series if the only reason to watch it is to see gay people on TV.

  9. David Meuse • September 5, 2016 @ 2:32 PM

    I do not see why there has to be a highlighted gay person on a show. To advertise it will definitely make me not watch it. I like the Star Trek so far but I will not watch this new series if the only reason to watch it is to see gay people on TV.

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