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  •  Not Necessarily (7+ / 0-)

    To date, there has never been an openly gay main character, or even side character, in any of the Trek series or films (although, some people have interpreted Garak to be gay or bisexual, and the actor who played him, Andrew Robinson, has said that at points he played the relationship with Dr. Bashir as being flirtatious). Some of the books make references to certain characters being gay. However, the books aren't considered part of Trek "canon."

    On the other hand, there have been plenty of on-screen "hints" over the years. And those involved with "Deep Space Nine" argued the fact that none of the characters object or find it odd for two women to have a relationship in "Rejoined" is evidence same-sex relationships are considered normal in the 24th century.

    This episode features Star Trek's first same-sex kiss and is one of the most controversial episodes in the show's history. According to Ronald D. Moore, "some felt betrayed, didn't want to see this in their homes. An affiliate down south cut the kiss from their broadcast." Similarly, René Echevarria says, "my mother was absolutely scandalized by the episode. Shocked and dismayed. She told me 'I can't believe you did that. There should have been a parental guidance warning'." Steve Oster says that a man called the show and complained, "you're ruining my kids by making them watch two women kiss like that." Much of the public response mirrored that of the famous Kirk-Uhura kiss.

    There is a story regarding the man complaining about his kids seeing the kiss: It was a production assistant who took the call. After hearing the man's complaint, the PA asked if the man would've been okay with his kids seeing one woman shoot the other. When the man said he would be okay with that, the PA said "You should reconsider who's messing up your kids".

    •  Amply discussed in previous diaries. (2+ / 0-)
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      Angie in WA State, Dartagnan

      Every gay person knows the discussion backwards and forwards.

      "I was a big supporter of waterboarding" - Dick Cheney 2/14/10

      by Bob Love on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 06:25:53 PM PST

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    •  Don't forget about "the Outcast" (5+ / 0-)

      Episode very sensitively dealing front and center with homosexuality and gender issues, I thought.

      •  It's Interesting..... (3+ / 0-)

        That episode was criticized from both sides when it originally aired.

        Social conservatives were upset for the usual reasons, but gay groups criticized the episode too. Apparently Jonathan Frakes (Riker) lobbied to have the J'naii portrayed by male actors. However, that was vetoed by executive producer Rick Berman.

        GLAAD: On the one hand, Soren gave an impassioned speech saying "I am female. I was born that way... All of the loving things you do with each other, that is what we do. And for that we are called misfits and deviants and criminals." But in the end she is "cured," or maybe brainwashed, and rejects Riker. Many found the conclusion ambiguous and disturbing. While there were elements to praise, no mention was made of gays or lesbians in the future or about anti-gay discrimination in Earth's past. Both would have been natural to mention.
        •  That's very telling (2+ / 0-)
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          Rimjob, Angie in WA State
          While there were elements to praise, no mention was made of gays or lesbians in the future or about anti-gay discrimination in Earth's past.
          Had that episode been created and aired today it the producers would have had no reservations at all about referencing "anti-gay discrimination in Earth's past." Probably would've been leaping over themselves to highlight it.

          Another sign of how rapidly times are changing, relatively speaking.

      •  We all know that one too. (1+ / 0-)
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        Dartagnan

        Real gay people don't exist in the Star Trek version of the future.  

        This episode was so obviously designed to skirt the issue that it rendered gay people even more peripheral. I mean, you got gender-changing hominids and shapeshifters but no gays?

        Frankly, it was insulting even then.

        "I was a big supporter of waterboarding" - Dick Cheney 2/14/10

        by Bob Love on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 09:55:35 PM PST

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