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GREAT SCOTT! Mr. Sulu is Gay In Star Trek Beyond!

Star Trek Beyond. Mr. Sulu Is Gay

 

After all these years its has finally happened.

On a promotional trip to Sydney, Australia it has been announced that Helmsman of the USS Enterprise, Hikaru Sulu, played by John Cho, in the upcoming movie Star Trek Beyond is gay and also loving father of a daughter with a same sex partner.

Cho visited Sydney to promote the third movie in the franchise rebooted by JJ Abrams in 2009, along with cast mates Chris Pine (Captain Kirk), Zachary Quinto (Spock), Karl Urban (Dr McCoy) and director Justin Lin. He said the decision by writer Simon Pegg and Lin to make Sulu gay was a nod to George Takei, who played the character in the original 1960s series, and was a sign of what he hoped were changing times.

“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,” said Cho.

In an interview in 2015 George Takei revealed he once asked Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry why the original TV series didn’t feature LGBT characters. And [Roddenberry] said, ‘I’m treading a fine tight wire here. I’m dealing with issues of the time. I’m dealing with the civil rights movement, the Vietnam War, the Cold War, and I need to be able to make that statement by staying on the air.’ He said, ‘If I dealt with that issue I wouldn’t be able to deal with any issue because I would be canceled.’”

The closest any other Star Trek gas come to a male gay character was when “First Contact” was being produced in 1996, musings about the purportedly gay bridge officer Lt. Hawk set off a self-sustaining process, with new rumors cropping up every few days, even in mainstream print media. But Hawk ended up as a Star Trek default character who, as Rick Berman himself stated, is not supposed to be gay. Lt. Hawk was established as gay in the novel Section 31: Rogue.

Thank you Star Trek for boldly going where others have gone before.  But we do thank you for finally arriving.

LGBT Book Review: TRIsocialization a novel by Alex M. Bright

TRIsocialization a novel by Alex M. Bright – Reviewed by Nathan DeMay

I once had a well-meaning employee tell me that the nice thing about my being gay was that I couldn’t reproduce. I’m confident that I can reproduce-all the necessary parts are still in working order-but of course what he meant was I didn’t have to worry about having children.  In order to have kids, my partner and I would have to make a very conscious choice to adopt, use a surrogate or find another solution.

But what if we didn’t have a choice? What if the human race itself was dependent on every able-bodied man and woman procreating? What if the government actively monitored our sex lives, for the ostensibly “greater good?”

These questions are given life in Alex M. Bright’s novel TRIsocialization.

TRIsocialization traces, by way of the lives of two generations of New Yorkers, the genesis of increasingly intrusive government programs meant to save the human population while accommodating the diversity of human sexual orientation.

In the future imagined in TRIsocialization, citizens are encouraged to form relationships with more than two people, and to have as many children (girls are especially prized) as possible.  It’s the anti-marriage equality crowd’s worst nightmare; not realized because of a libertine society but because of a mysterious pandemic.

TRIsocialization’s characters are diverse-sexually, racially, politically and professionally.  You will love them, befriend them and desperately want them to triumph despite the conflicting factions intruding on their lives.

“Dylon shut his eyes tight, then turned his gaze toward the jury. He began, as though reciting a long-rehearsed speech:

“I’ve been charged with murdering two people by burning down the house they slept in. It’s not true. Why would I murder two people I was in love with? I went to bed that night with both of them–” there were scattered gasps from both the jury and the gallery, “– yeah, both of them. We’re gay– they were– but we’re not supposed to love each other, right? I have nothing against women. Neither did Brad or Aaron–” Dylon choked, struggling to find the words, and his voice, through tears. Their names. He had spoken their names. “Sorry. I– like I said, we have nothing against women. Or the government. Or anybody else. We just wanted to be left alone, and be happy in our little family. I went to sleep with them that night, same as almost every night, and I woke up in a ditch. I have no idea what happened, but I can guess.” He turned directly toward one of the camera eyes. “Most of you can guess. I didn’t kill them. I loved them.”

It all happened in an instant. Dylon turned to face Wren for a brief moment, a look of apology in his in eyes. Then his hand was in his pocket, and a sharp piece of plastic glinted like lightning. In front of the court, and the entire live Network feed, Dylon dragged the edge across his throat. Wren heard herself screaming.”

TRIsocialization is an excellent read by one of this countries newest and talented upcoming writers can be purchased HERE:

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