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FanWriter45 04-04-2009 09:37 AM

Iowa 250 years ahead of Trek
It's official: The Iowa state ledge has made it legal for gay couples to marry. This makes them the third state of the union to do so. It also puts them way ahead of Star Trek in two ways: 1) admitting that they exist. and 2) allowing them to be an equal part of society. All in present day, and not in the 24th 1/2 century.

The embarassment continues: 40 years of Trek, and not one gay character in the entire series.

horatio 04-04-2009 09:45 AM

If memory serves Trek adressed the issue allegorically in two or three episodes (e.g. TNG's "The Host"). I understand your disappointment that no homosexual or bisexual main character has been portrayed in Trek yet, but the the Federation is, unlike our present societies, entirely free of homophobia. So please don't pretend that Trek is not ahead of its time.
Only because Chekov is not seen in "Space Seed" he could still have been on the ship, only because homosexual people have not been portrayed yet they still exist in Trek's fictional future.

jerhanner 04-04-2009 12:47 PM

Ditto to that!

cjopbj 04-04-2009 01:17 PM


Originally Posted by FanWriter45 (Post 168773)
It's official: The Iowa state ledge has made it legal for gay couples to marry. This makes them the third state of the union to do so. It also puts them way ahead of Star Trek in two ways: 1) admitting that they exist. and 2) allowing them to be an equal part of society. All in present day, and not in the 24th 1/2 century.

The embarassment continues: 40 years of Trek, and not one gay character in the entire series.

In truth, very few characters in TOS explored their sex life. Certainly the fact that Spock gave up heterosexual sex in Amok Time and embraced Kirk at the end of that episode implies where his affections lie. Whether he ever acted on any of this or lived celibate is unknown, as far as I'm aware.

I think it was the huge intolerance that was born in the late 1970's and 1980's that really cast the possibility of Spock loving Kirk in a very ill and even ridiculed light.

On NPR (Fresh Air, I think) recently they were talking about the rise of these new "bromance" movies (I love you, Man) and how if you read the letters of men to each other prior to around 1880 (in the USA) , they would often say "I love you" or "I can't wait to be with you again." Something happened in the 1880's that shifted European based culture (especially in the USA) away from these types of expressions of male to male affection. The guy on NPR said the word "homosexual" didn't even come into exisitance until the 1880's. I don't know if that is true or not.

All I know is that if my son turns out to be gay I'd want him to have a home and family. I'd want him to be able to marry and adopt because he's a very loving boy and would make a great dad regardless of who is partner is.

FanWriter45 04-04-2009 01:38 PM

Horatio, we've talked about this before, and I'm just bringing up the Iowa thing to contrast it with our favorite series.... Not only is Trek NOT ahead of it's time on this issue, it's not even up to par with other science fiction series recently, or currently in production. Farscape, Firefly, Torchwood, Doctor Who, the recently concluded Battlestar Galactica... all of them had gay and lesbian characters out in front, not nebulously "offstage" somewhere.

Trek is falling down on one of it's most basic premises: that it tries to portray a better future where everyone is respected and valued. Well, it seems to me that GLBT folks have been, and are still being, given the ol' airlock treatment by the producers. :mad:

FanWriter45 04-04-2009 01:53 PM

Trek hasn't explored very many of the character's sex lives? What?

Kirk seemed to be on a one man mission to spread the human genome throughout the galaxy...(het)

Scotty had a couple of love affairs, both in Lights of Zetar, and Wolf in the Fold...(het)

Uhura was pretty attracted to that crewman in Man Trap... and even helped Kirk seal the first interracial kiss on TV.. (het)

Spock was up for hanky panky with T'pring, a Romulan Commander, Mariette Hartley in bearskins, ready to buy the farm and settle down in another episode...(het)

Checkov was ready to do some tom foolery with some of Harry Mudd's female androids, and a fake cowgirl in a hallucination about the OK corral, etc. etc... (het)

Bones McCoy was going to marry a high Priestess, and, as Dax noted, "Had hands of a surgeon..." (het)

There were also indications that Sulu was the ladies man with a foil... (Naked Time)

Chapel was carrying a torch for Spock (het)

Hell, even Lt. Leslie, seen in the background of most of the episodes, was give a scene where he was "checking out" one of Mudds Women in sickbay... (het)

Remember, this whole Kirk and Spock thing is an invention of the slash writing fandom, and none of it is considered cannon by anyone with any connection to the Trek franchise. None of it. Not one bit. So the slash porn in interesting, BUT it is not to be taken seriously...

In the meantime, on other series, we have Capt. Jack Harkness, Chianna on Farscape, Anara on Firefly, and several of the Cylon models on BSG... All of whom seem to be perfectly accepted, and contributin members of their crews/teams.

DammitJim 04-04-2009 02:02 PM

FanWriter45, you are quite correct.

Trek has always been afraid of this issue. There have been scattered issues throughout the four spin-offs of brief lesbianism for the soul purpose of titilation.
Every time the possibility of facing the issue arose, the producers lost their nerve.
The 'off stage somewhere' notion is a little lame.

cjopbj, are you claiming there is meant to be a sexual attraction between Kirk and Spock? I'm not sure what you mean.

MissionTrek08 04-04-2009 08:29 PM

The thing is, TREK has been made in OUR time... never in the 23rd/24th century.

Focus on changing OUR social attitudes today and the future will reflect those changes. Sit back and wait for the future to show us the way to equality, and we'll never achieve it for anyone.

Change today for the better and you'll change TREK, not the other way around.

FanWriter45 04-04-2009 08:46 PM

Ah, but Trek, Mission, always had the guts to portray minorities in roles of responsibility, and of power within the UFP... Not just within the Enterprise's crew, but there was an African American Commadore who was part of the tibunal in "Court Martial" and so was Dr. Richard Daystrom, who was responsible for many of the E's computer systems before inventing the M-5. The head of a deep space mental institution was asian. Women were routinely shown in roles of authority as well... Doctor's, lawyers, scientists...

Examples were shown on TOS, to show us that women and minorites would one day become equals. Thus giving many role models to shoot for. How many women went into the space program because they watch Lt. Uhura? (Judging from some of the stories Nichelle tells at cons, the answer is "many.")

These examples were on TV at a time when the ERA, women's lib, and civil rights for black people were hot button issues of the day.

So why has Trek held back on showing us GLBT characters in the same way?

MonsieurHood 04-04-2009 09:59 PM

We've had how many different producers/directors now? They can't all have been homophobes. Personally, I believe that STNG did take a stab or two at it, just not directly. However, STNG did put forward a couple of sexual theories that were even farther ahead and possibly more controversial than homosexuality or bi-sexuality. Like a human woman (Tasha Yar) having sex with an android, and a human (Ryker)falling in love with a member of a race that had only one sex. Come to think of it, TOS pioneered alien love between Zephram Cochrane and "The Companion" in "Metamorphasis". So perhaps they just skipped a sexual proclivity or two, huh?

P.S.: Not to mention Sarek and Amanda, eh? And Pike eyeing those green Orion slave girls? I mean I'm sure when we finally do contact aliens and someone finally develops a relationship with one, someone's going to cry "foul" then too, eh? Which reminds me of "Galaxy Quest" when Crewman Number #6 is watching Tec Sgt. Chen and Laliari "Hey, get a room guys......Oh, that's not right!".

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