Originally Posted by chator
It almost happened. Veteran Trek writer David Gerron (The Trouble with Tribbles) wrote an episode for TNG titled "Blood and Fire", which was an AIDS allegory and involved two openly gay human crew members, but it was shelved by Paramount producers. Later it was made into a New Voyages episode, after it was reworked into an TOS episode. TNG had a chance to make history, but it blew it.
I consider a story like The Outcast far superior to Blood and Fire. The former addressed the issue of sexual identity whereas the latter was a pretty bad AIDS story mixed with too much making out. The former broadly includes all LGBT folks who suffer whereas the latter is merely about gay folks.
This difference between identity politics and an all-incorporating emancipatory struggle is important. Trek should never ever be about the former.