‘Star Trek Beyond’ Reveals Mr. Sulu As First Gay Character In Franchise

Mr. Hikaru Sulu, played by John Cho in the reboot of the Star Trek franchise, is being revealed as gay in the next film, Star Trek Beyond.

When we pick up the story of the crew of the USS Enterprise, Sulu is depicted as a father with a same-sex partner raising a daughter.

“I liked the approach, which was not to make a big thing out of it,” Cho told The Herald Sun during the press tour for the film. “[That] is where I hope we are going as a species, to not politicize one’s personal orientations.”

Cho said the decision by writer Simon Pegg and Lin to make Sulu gay was a nod to George Takei, who played the character in the original 1960s series, and was a sign of what he hoped were changing times, reports The Herald Sun.

Watch the Star Trek Beyond trailer below, which hits theaters July 22: