Sulu Is Gay in Star Trek Beyond and It's Not a Big Deal

Image: Star Trek Beyond poster, Paramount
Image: Star Trek Beyond poster, Paramount

Or, at least, Star Trek Beyond is presenting it like it’s not a big deal and praying fans follow suit.


The news comes from the Australian paper the Herald Sun, which says that the movie—rightfully—treats Sulu’s private life, in which he has a male partner and a child, as no big deal. (This daughter had better be Demora, is all I’m saying. Because Demora is awesome and deserves to exist in the alternate universe, too.)

According to John Cho, the decision was of course a nod to the original Sulu, everyone’s favorite Facebooking dad, George Takei. “I liked the approach, which was not to make a big thing out it, which is where I hope we are going as a species, to not politicize one’s personal orientations,” Cho told the Herald Sun.

A LGBTQ+ main character has been missing from Star Trek for decades (depending on how you characterize Jadzia Dax’s relationship with the love of one of Dax’s former lives in “Rejoined”). But no such complicated background is at issue here. Sulu’s gay and no one in the Star Trek universe judges him for it.

Fingers crossed that fans respond to this news in the way that Star Trek hopes humanity eventually will.



Question for the Star Trek fans who know more than I do: did they ever confirm whether Sulu had a wife in the original continuity? He obviously had a daughter. I guess that would be my only problem with it is that it doesn’t make sense for the Kelvin incident to somehow result in a character having a different sexual orientation (although I suppose you could say he was suppressing it in the original timeline?) but if they never said whether he actually had a wife, they’re totally in the clear on this one as opposed to mostly in the clear.