(Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The science fiction franchise “Star Trek” is introducing its first transgender and non-binary characters, with both roles set to debut in its U.S. television series next month, producers said on Wednesday.
They will appear in the third season of CBS Television’s series “Star Trek: Discovery,” the latest incarnation of the TV franchise that launched in 1966.
“Star Trek” has spawned films, cartoons and a legion of loyal fans, known as Trekkies.
“‘Star Trek’ has always made a mission of giving visibility to underrepresented communities,” said Michelle Paradise, the show’s co-showrunner and executive producer, in a statement.
“Star Trek: Discovery,” which can be seen on the streaming service CBS All Access, already broke boundaries by featuring the first married gay characters in the franchise’s history.