Just a couple of weeks ago – after new Star Trek TV series showrunner Bryan Fuller hinted heavily he’d be having LGBT characters in the show (see here) – we were commenting on how odd it was that such a generally progressive franchise as Star Trek has been so slow to embrace LGBT characters.
But apparently, Star Trek Beyond has beaten Fuller to it.
According to ComicBook.com, the film will feature, with no fanfare, Sulu in a same sex relationship, and he and his partner have a daughter. No big deal is made of it and that, Sulu actor tells The Herald Sun, is exactly as it should be:
“I liked the approach, which was not to make a big thing out of it. [That] is where I hope we are going as a species, to not politicise one’s personal orientations.”
Apparently Sulu’s coming out is also a nod from the film’s writer, Simon Pegg, and director, Justin Lin, to original Sulu actor George Takei, who officially came out in 2005.