Star Trek Beyond flies into theatres and will carry with it the franchise’s first gay character as helmsman Hikaru Sulu (played by John Cho). However, while this is unfamiliar domain for Star Trek’s canon, the franchise’s different TV series touched on a couple LGBT issues with some astute story lines and purposeful anecdotes amid their runs. Here are 5 queer episodes that we need to re-visit.
1. “Rejoined” from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
The first same-sex kiss in Star Trek history was a confounded one. Jadzia Dax and Lenara Kahn are both from an alien race known as the Trill – a species that exists as symbionts embedded in host bodies. Dax and Kahn were once married when Dax possessed a male body. Well, it seems that they still are head over heels each other. This is despite the fact that Trills shouldn’t revive their past hosts’ romantic connections. In any case, that doesn’t prevent the two from sharing an enthusiastic lip lock and their undying love for each other.
2. “The Outcast” from Star Trek: The Next Generation
In one of the most grounded LGBT moral stories in Star Trek history, this season 5 episode of The Next Generation finds the Enterprise team facing the J’Naii, a race of genderless individuals. Nevertheless, when Riker is sent on a mission with a J’Naii named Soren, he learns not all J’Naii distinguish as genderless and some are attracted to some or the other gender. However, they are viewed as sick by their society. Riker and Soren kiss, which is seen by another J’Naii and Soren is reported. She is called by the authorities and then Soren delivers an effective discourse about the need to acknowledge the individuals who are different. Eventually, Soren is taken away to the J’Naii variant of reparative treatment.