Star Trek: Discovery is the follow-up sequel of the original series that dates from the late 1960s. The show has always been praised for giving underrepresented communities a chance to be represented with sensitivity and dignity. The series is going one step forward, and will introduce non-binary and trans characters in its third season. Co-showrunner and executive producer Michelle Paradise announced the decision earlier this week on CBS All Access and said that the show is proud to bring stories of people from the LGBTQ+ community to the mainstream.
The two new characters will be played by trans actor Ian Alexander and non-binary actor Blu del Barrio. It’s expected for the characters to represent and bring light to some of the lived experiences of members of the LGBTQ+ community.
The character that del Barrio will play is named Adira and is described as ‘highly intelligent’ and has an unexpected bond with Lt. Commander Paul Stamets (Anthony Rapp) and Dr. Hugh Culber (Wilson Cruz).
Alexander’s character is named Gray and has been described as “empathetic, warm, and eager to fulfill his lifelong dream of being a Trill host”.
His life will soon take an unexpected turn, and the showrunners state that he will have to adapt to the changes.
— Star Trek (@StarTrek) September 2, 2020
This is what Paradise said in a statement following the monumental move:
“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. 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.”
— PRIDE (@pride_site) September 3, 2020
— GLAAD (@glaad) September 2, 2020