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Star Trek fans are wondering why the new sequel is boldly going where it has never gone before?
The starship crew composed of various ethnicities and backgrounds working together to explore the galaxy to better humanity. This time around Star Trek Beyond has decided to add its first gay character. This time around Star Trek Beyond will be revealing that Hikaru Sulu, the Enterprise helmsman played by John Cho, has a husband (and a young daughter) waiting for him back on Earth.
Slash Films had this to say:
The decision to make Sulu gay is an obvious tribute to actor George Takei, who famously played Sulu in the original television series from 1966 through 1969. He also reprised the character in the first six Star Trek films. In 2005, Takei came out and has since become a prominent and vocal activist for LGBTQ rights. He married his partner, Brad Altman, in 2008 and has been with him for 29 years.
In other words, Star Trek Beyond has managed to deepen the Trek canon and make a social statement without contradicting anything in the franchise’s fifty-year history. That’s impressive stuff.
This entire revelation came out when Cho spoke with the Herald Sun, where he emphasized that Justin Lin‘s new film doesn’t even make a big deal out of Sulu’s orientation:
“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.”
Star Trek Beyond opens on July 22, 2016.