Do you think that if Trek were to transition back to Television that if they would amend their portrayal of sexuality and gender? While being ground breaking at the time, Trek's treatment of women was still highly questionable. The lack of questioning Janeway's commands make her seem like a despot at time. Trek treated nearly everyone as being bipolar (M/F) in regards to gender. There were no homosexual characters, though there were actors! (Takei Rocks!)
The simple answer is: yes.
The slightly more complex answer is: yes and I hope it’s not an issue at all in the show. If a member of the crew is trans, great, that’s not the story. If a member of the crew was queer, great, that’s not the story. The story can involve the way the love, their gender, etc, but it shouldn’t be any more of an issue in the day-to-day operation of a starship than whether or not someone is black or has green blood.
Don’t get me wrong; I don’t want marginalization, but I do hope that by 2260 or whenever, we’re not making what a person is the point story, but who they are and what they do. We’ve been making remarkable strides in the last decade for gay rights, despite the screeching of a very vocal minority, and it looks like trans rights are the next big step for us. By the time James T. Kirk sits it the center seat, it shouldn’t matter whether or not anyone on the bridge was born with the gender they currently have.
(It should be noted that I am a cis hetero white male so I should probably be told to shut the fuck up when it comes to deciding how people should be portrayed on TV.)
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