Star Trek’s First LGBT Character Revealed In STAR TREK BEYOND [Spoiler Warning]

Star Trek’s first LGBT main character has been revealed — and thankfully, it’s not a big deal.


During the premiere of STAR TREK BEYOND earlier today in Sydney Australia, Hikaru Sulu, played by John Cho, is shown with a same-sex partner with a daughter in the film.

Cho was part of the press junket as part of the premiere and spoke to Australia’s Herald Sun about the development of the character.

“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,” Cho said.

Directed by Justin Lin, written by Simon Pegg, Doug Jung, Roberto Orci, John D. Payne and Patrick McCay, Star Trek Beyond stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Idris Elba and Sofia Boutella. The film is scheduled to hit theaters on July 22 after premiering during San Diego Comic-Con on July 20.

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  • Milo

    A.) It’s JJ-Trek, who cares?

    B.) The best part of this story is how Takei himself isn’t happy about it. Oops.

    • Kyuutketsuki

      Really?! I was wondering about that, it seems strange to choose Sulu given Takei’s real life orientation. It seems like a lazy homage.

  • Josh

    Way to kill a franchise

  • Josh

    Im not saying it wont sell but if the person who advised John into playing the part. George doesn’t want his character walked on like that.