Gays would have loved to say mildly suggestive things like, “Beam me up, Scotty”!
But there weren’t any in Star Trek. (I’m talking about the characters, not the actors, mind you.)
And now, a writer/producer of Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Brannon Braga, tells Afterelton.com that he deeply regrets that lapse.
Says Braga, “It was a shame for a lot of us. It was not a forward-thinking decision.”
As someone notes on Datalounge.com, there were occasionally hinty episodes “like the one where Commander Riker falls in love with an alien from a genderless world, or Dr. Crusher falls in love with a male alien who (thanks the symbiotic organism living inside it, naturally) changes bodies to a female, who Crusher then spurns.”
But out and proud?
That was one place the Starship didn’t dare to Enterprise.
But nowadays, of course, Glee has made every single character gay, so it all evens out.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on January 27, 2011