'Star Trek' Producer Regrets Lack of Gay Characters
"It was not a forward thinking decision," says Brannon Braga.
Terra Nova executive producer Brannon Braga says he regrets that despite having produced more than a dozen feature films and 726 episodes in the Star Trek franchise an openly gay character was never once featured.
"It was a shame…" he says in an interview on After Elton. "I’m talking about the Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and there was a constant back and forth about well how do we portray the spectrum of sexuality. There were people who felt very strongly that we should be showing casually, you know, just two guys together in the background in Ten Forward. At the time the decision was made not to do that and I think those same people would make a different decision now because I think, you know, that was 1989, well yeah about 89, 90, 91. I have no doubt that those same creative players wouldn’t feel so hesitant to have, you know, have been squeamish about a decision like that.
"It was not a forward thinking decision," he goes on. "Knowing the players involved, knowing the decision makers, knowing it was that they felt reluctant about, you know, we’re not saying 'yes,' we’re not saying 'no,' we’re not just not going to touch that right now."
Interestingly, George Takei, who for four decades played the Starship Enterprise's helmsman Sulu on the small and big screens, came out as a gay man in 2005.
As of now, Braga says there are no gay characters in Terra Nova's pilot. But he tells the site, "We are trying to build a society, you know, build a utopia really. I think we would like to portray an enlightened future. Even if it was a blighted future that we came from, in terms of the environment and the technology so that is something. I’m glad you bring it up because it’s something we should be attending to."