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Star Trek Introducing First Non-Binary, Trans Characters

Matt McGloin Posted: 09/05/2020 - 20:38 COMMENT
Star Trek Introducing First Non-Binary, Trans Characters

Star Trek: Discovery will be introducing the franchise's first non-binary and transgender characters in its third season on the CBS All Access streaming service, which is rumored to be its last.

First Star Trek non-binary character

The Star Trek universe’s first non-binary character is Adira, played by Blu del Barrio. Adira is highly intelligent with a confidence and self-assurance well beyond her years. She will find a new home on the U.S.S. Discovery and form an unexpected bond with Lt. Commander Paul Stamets (Anthony Rapp) and Dr. Hugh Culber (Wilson Cruz).

Blu del Barrio is a non-binary actor who uses they/them pronouns (which means the character will use them). Del Barrio was in her final year of studies at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art when she auditioned for the role of Adira. Del Barrio has been acting in theater and short films since the age of 7, and she is incredibly excited to make her television acting debut in season three of Star Trek: Discovery.

First Star Trek transgender character

The first transgender character is Gray, portrayed by Ian Alexander. Gray is empathetic, warm and eager to fulfill his lifelong dream of being a Trill host, but he will have to adapt when his life takes an unexpected turn.

Ian Alexander is a 19-year-old actor who uses they/them and he/him pronouns. He is best known for his roles as Buck Vu on the Netflix series The OA and Lev in Naughty Dog’s video game The Last of Us Part II. He is the first out transgender Asian-American person to act on television. He is also an advocate for transgender equality, racial justice and mental health awareness for LGBTQ+ youth.

Star Trek has always made a mission of giving visibility to underrepresented communities because 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,” said Michelle Paradise, co-showrunner and executive producer. “We take pride in working closely with Blu del Barrio, Ian Alexander and Nick Adams at GLAAD to create the extraordinary characters of Adira and Gray, and bring their stories to life with empathy, understanding, empowerment and joy.”

The third season of Star Trek: Discovery will premiere on Thursday, Oct. 15. New episodes of Star Trek: Discovery’s 13-episode third season will be available on-demand weekly on Thursdays, exclusively for CBS All Access subscribers in the United States.

Star Trek Discovery

Star Trek: Discovery Season 3 synopsis:

After following Commander Burnham into the wormhole in the second season finale, season three of Star Trek: Discovery finds the crew of the U.S.S. Discovery landing in an unknown future far from the home they once knew. Now living in a time filled with uncertainty, the U.S.S. Discovery crew, along with the help of some new friends, must work together to restore hope to the Federation.

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