Well, the director may have changed since them (to Justin Lin), but the film is indeed getting a gay character, and it’s one of the main crew members – John Cho’s Mr. Sulu. The actor revealed the news in a chat to Australia’s Herald Sun, telling them that it’s revealed in the movie that the Helmsman of the USS Enterprise, Hikaru Sulu, has a husband back home on earth, as well as a daughter they raise together.
Cho added, “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 politicise one’s personal orientations.”
Choosing Sulu to have a hubby is, of course, a nod to George Takei, who played the role in the original series and movies, and then came out as gay in 2005. He’s since become a one of the most high profile voices for LGBT rights. It’s certainly taken Star Trek a long time to have a gay character, but it’s finally happened and the nod to Takei is a nice touch too.