Star Trek Introduces The First Non-Binary And Transgender Characters | Ents & Arts News

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Star Trek will introduce its first non-binary and transgender characters to the sci-fi series.

The characters will appear in the third season of the Star Trek: Discovery series, the producers announced.

Adira will not be binary and will be played by non-binary actor Blue del Barrio, who got the role shortly after graduating from drama school in the UK.

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Sonequa Martin-Green is the first black woman to lead a Star Trek TV series

Trans actor Ian Alexander will play Gray, who is eager to fulfill his dream of always being a host of Trill, but will have to adjust when his life takes an unexpected turn.

Adira will find a new home on the USS Discovery and form an unexpected bond with Lt Commander Paul Stamets, played by Anthony Rapp, and Dr. Hugh Culbert, played by Wilson Cruz.

“Star Trek has always made it a mission to give visibility to underrepresented communities, because it believes in showing people that a future without division on the basis of race, sex, gender identity. or sexual orientation is entirely within our grasp, ”said Michelle Paradise, co-showrunner and executive producer.

“We are proud to work closely with Blu del Barrio, Ian Alexander and Nick Adams at GLAAD to create the extraordinary characters of Adira and Gray and bring their stories to life with empathy, understanding, empowerment and joy. ”

Star Trek: Discovery has been making history since season one, with Sonequa Martin-Green becoming the first black woman to lead a show in the franchise.

Rapp and Cruz also became the first married gay characters in Star Trek history.

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Anthony Rapp (left) and Wilson Cruz are the first married gay characters on Star Trek

Del Barrio, whose parents are Argentinian, uses their pronouns and says that it is not only important but “necessary” for non-binary people to talk about their experiences, because people need to know in order to “be able to do”. empathy with us so that change takes place ”.

They said the cast welcomed them “with open arms” and said Adira is “surprisingly intelligent and yet they are still a child.”

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Alexander, who uses the pronouns they / them and he / him, is best known for his roles as Buck Vu on Netflix’s The OA and Lev in the video game The Last of Us Part II.

He made history as the first Asian-American transgender to star on television.

Both will be recurring guest stars in the series which resumes next month on US television network CBS.

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