The sci-fi TV series “Star Trek: Discovery” is set to introduce its first transgender and non-binary characters in October.
When the show returns to CBS next month, it will feature two additional characters: one played by transgender actor Ian Alexander and the other by non-binary actor Blu del Barrio, according to BBC News.
Family members of Alexander, who uses the plural pronoun “they,” weren’t aware of their loved one’s sexual orientation until after Alexander received the role.
“When I got the call that I’d been cast as Adira, I hadn’t yet told the majority of my friends and family that I was non-binary,” Alexander explained to the pro-LGBT group GLAAD. “I had only recently discovered the word and realized that it described how I’d felt for a long time.”
Alexander went on to suggest receiving the role was some sort of sign from “the universe,” indicating it was OK to inform family members.
One of the producers of the TV show said “Star Trek” has “always made a mission of giving visibility to underrepresented communities.”
“It believes in showing people that a future without division on the basis of race, gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation is entirely within our reach,” added Michelle Paradise, the show’s co-runner and executive producer.
Anthony Rapp, one of the series’ cast members, told his Twitter followers this week he “cannot wait for you all to meet these beautiful souls and wonderful artists,” referring to del Barrio and Alexander.