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The Final Frontier: Gay Actors on Star Trek
Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry found LGBT representation to be his own private Kobayashi Maru, a no-win scenario. Ignoring gay culture betrayed the show’s progressive values, but after already pushing boundaries with American TV's first interracial kiss, he feared gay representations could get Trekkicked off the air. But 50 years later, it seems out director Bryan Fuller found a way to change the conditions of the test. Fuller may have stepped aside as showrunner for Star Trek: Discovery, which premieres in May, but he told The Hollywood Reporter the new CBS All Access show will cast an out male actor to play an openly gay character.
The show has fulfilled on this promise. CBS confirmed Tuesday that it had cast its first gay character to be played by an out actor, Anthony Rapp, on its new series. However, the universe has room for more than one queer person. Here are some other out actors CBS and all networks should consider for casting in other stellar roles.