Star Trek 3 Director Roberto Orci Open To Having A Gay Character Join The Sci-fi Universe

roberto-orciFor many years now it’s been commented on that while much of the Star Trek universe is about tolerance and different races of humanoids learning to live and work alongside one another, there’s a severe lack of gay people in Starfleet.

There have been LGBT people in the expanded universe of novels, but on TV and in the movies, everything has been very heterosexual. Even when there were inter-alien species coupling, they were always a male and a female. So could things change with 2016’s Star Trek 3?

Don’t hold your breath, but the film’s director, Roberto Orci (who also co-wrote both Star Trek & Star Trek Into Darkness), seems open to the idea. Talking to the Humans From Earth podcast (via Trek Movie), he was asked about the possibility of having an identifiably LGBT character in the film, saying “I would like to see that.”

He added, “It can be part of a character and not be the whole shebang…It doesn’t’ have to be like South Park, like ‘what have we learned today.’ It can be so normalized that it just exists. I agree it can’t be shoe-horned in. And it is not necessary for it to be the whole point of the thing. It is an ensemble and there are lots of people to represent so no one point of view should hog it.”

Of course that’s far from saying it will actually happen, and those in charge of the franchise have been saying similar things ever since Gene Roddenberry suggested gay people could be part of the Next Generation universe back in the late 1980s. However every time they’ve found an excuse not to do it. But who knows, just maybe it will happen this time – even an acknowledgement gay people exist in the future would be a step forward.


  1. Susan says

    It’s been 48 years since the original Star Trek series came on the scene. The Star Trek universe is long overdue for adding LGBT characters on screen. It could be as subtle as showing someone wearing a rainbow flagT-shirt while working out in the gym or drinking out of a souvenir coffee mug from Gay Pride Altair VI 2261. The rest of Hollywood has been doing it for years, decades even, and the sun still pops up over the eastern horizon every morning… at least, on Earth it does! These days, it actually looks a bit odd if there are no characters setting off the ol’ Gaydar. Just sayin’.

  2. says

    Let one of the existing characters be gay – why not Bones, Chechov, or Scotty? On the other hand maybe Scotty already has a thing for his little side kick?

  3. Jason says

    I know this may confuse some, but I don’t see the need for a gay character. Star Trek has rarely ever been about blatant, obvious regard for a specific type of human. Further, it’s approach to current issues are almost always under the guise of space opera and alien theming.

    There have already been several episodes throughout the TNG-era that dealt with LGBTQ issues. It was done with tact and ingenuity, and I believe the messages get through to the viewer in a subtle, stealthy and more profound way.

    Let’s not continue to forget that Star Trek is a study of the human condition under a shroud of action and drama. Let’s not encourage such pedantic and overt attempts to overexposed the audience. Instead, let’s hope Star Trek will one day return to its ways of subtlety and guidance via subterfuge.

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