J. J. Abrams was asked by Afterelton if he’d put any thought into adding a gay character to the next “Star Trek” film. He responded:
… that it is, you know, something that I would love to do …
But he quickly tossed in a bunch of caveats:
… but just the way I would be careful doing a story that would involve any of the characters and their personal lives. The balance is always, what how does that story relate to sort of the bad guy, which by the way is always going to be that critical thing, what are they up against? The question how do you get into literally these are personal sexual lives of these characters? Like what is that going to be about.
In short, it looks unlikely that J.J. will put a gay character in the flick. We always thought “Star Trek” would be the first major sci-fi franchise to feature a continuing gay or bi character. But “Doctor Who” now holds that prize with Captain Jack Harkness. Who also became the first gay or bi main character in a sci-fi show, when “Torchwood” was launched in 2006.