"Star Trek: Discovery" introduces franchise's first transgender and non-binary characters in upcoming season

by Bryan Brammer · Sep 3rd, 2020 4:13 pm

Last Updated Sep 13th, 2020 at 12:25 am

CBS All-Access series "Star Trek: Discovery" will introduce the first transgender and non-binary characters in the 54-year history of the franchise.

The non-binary character Adira, played by actress Blu del Barrio, and the transgender character Gray, played by actor Ian Alexander, will make their debut in season three, premiering next month.

"Star Trek: Discovery" executive producer Michelle Paradise said her team considered it an honor to work with members of the LGBT community.

"Star Trek has always made a mission of giving visibility to underrepresented communities because it believes in showing people that a future without division on the basis of race, gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation is entirely within our reach," Paradise said in a statement. "We take pride in working 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."

Alexander is transgender in real life, while del Barrio identifies as non-binary.

The announcement was met with a wide range of reactions, including one person who asked, "Will the pandering ever stop?" Another commentator wrote, "Why does modern TV have to ruin every show I love?"


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