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Star Trek Openly Gay Character First in Franchise History

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Anthony Rapp attends 'Star Trek: Discovery' panel during Comic-Con International 2017 at San Diego Convention Center on July 22, 2017 in San Diego, California. Rapp plays Lt. Stamets, the first openly gay character in the franchise. (Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 28 Jul 2017 08:42 AM

"Star Trek" Discovery will introduce is first openly gay character in the history of the television franchise in Lt. Stamets, played by "Rent's" Anthony Rapp.

While last year's movie "Star Trek Beyond" hinted at Sulu's sexuality, producer Aaron Harberts said the television series will allow them to expose Lt. Stamets sexuality over the course of episodes, Entertainment Weekly reported on Thursday.

"We're at a point in time where people aren't defined by their sexuality," Harberts told Entertainment Weekly. "What's fascinating about the character is that when we meet him we don’t know who or what he is.”

"He's so super specific, he's persnickety and difficult and brilliant, and he isn't going to give an inch and he has very strong feelings about why he's on the Discovery. We wanted to roll out that character's sexuality the way people would roll out their sexuality in life."

Rapp played the role of Mark Cohen in the Broadway hit play "Rent" on Broadway and its U.S. national tour in 2009, according to Broadway World.com. He also appeared in the television series "The Good Fight" this year.

"I'm really excited and happy when a gay character is a part of a story — especially when a gay character is created in a complex and human and non-stereotypical, interesting way, and that has certainly been the case with Stamets," Rapp told Entertainment Weekly.

"And you get to see his relationship. There was a little glimpse in Sulu in 'Beyond,' and it was a nice nod. But in this case, we actually get to see me with my partner in conversation, in our living quarters, you get to see our relationship over time, treated as any other relationship would be treated."

"Star Trek Discovery," which will debut Sept. 24 on CBS All Access, is also making history by introducing its first African-American female lead with "The Walking Dead's" Sonequa Martin-Green playing First Officer Michael Burnham, said Entertainment Weekly.

The announcement found support on social media.

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