John Cho's Character In "Star Trek Beyond" Is Gay
“I liked the approach, which was not to make a big thing out it,” Cho told Australia’s Herald Sun of his character Sulu.
For the first time in the franchise’s 50-year history, Star Trek is featuring a major openly LGBT character: John Cho’s character Lt. Hikaru Sulu has a husband and young daughter in Star Trek Beyond, BuzzFeed News has confirmed.
“I liked the approach, which was not to make a big thing out it,” Cho told Australia’s Herald Sun while in Sydney for Beyond‘s world premiere on July 7.
“[It] is where I hope we are going as a species, to not politicize one’s personal orientations,” he added.
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The original actor who played Sulu, George Takei, famously came out in 2005.
He’s been with his husband Brad Takei (né Altman) for 29 years. They married in 2008, and in 2014, the couple appeared together in a feature documentary about their life, To Be Takei.
BuzzFeed News has reached out to Cho’s representatives and Takei for more information.
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