John Cho’s Sulu is ‘Star Trek’s’ First Gay Character
John Cho’s character will make history when he reveals he’s gay in Star Trek Beyond. Hikaru Sulu’s private details will be revealed in the new sequel and fans will discover he’s a father to a young daughter with his partner.
Cho can’t wait for Trekkers to see the film and he is grateful moviemakers did not make a big deal of his character’s sexuality. “I liked the approach, which was not to make a big thing out it, which is where I hope we are going as a species, to not politicize one’s personal orientations,” Cho says. According to the Herald Sun, writer Simon Pegg and director Justin Lin’s decision to make Sulu gay was a nod to George Takei, who previously played the character and is openly-gay in real life. During Takei’s time on the TV series in the 1960s, his co-star William Shatner made headlines when he became the first TV series regular to share an interracial kiss with castmate Nichelle Nichols, but he knew his sexuality would never be accepted. Last year, the 79-year-old explained he had to keep it a secret. “If I wanted to work as an actor I had to keep it a secret,” Takei told News Corp. “Back then I couldn’t marry a white person – that was against the law here, miscegenation. But now I am married to a white dude, so we have changed.” Takei publicly ‘came out’ in 2005 and he wed his longtime partner Brad Altman in 2008. Meanwhile, Cho’s Star Trek co-star Zachary Quinto, who plays Spock in the franchise, is also openly gay. He ‘came out’ in 2011 and has been in a relationship with model and artist Miles McMillan since 2013.
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