The universe of Star Trek is getting a little bigger and a little bit more inclusive with the introduction of the first transgender and non-binary in the 54-year history of the franchise. This is all according to an announcement made by the ViacocmCBS and the C.B.S. All Access service today. Adira (played by Blu del Barrio), the non-binary character, and Gray (Ian Alexander), both of the characters will be making their debut in the third season of Star Trek: Discovery. The currently-running series that will be taking place shortly before the canonical Kirk-Spock era.
Adira is highly intelligent with self-assurance and confidence beyond their years, according to the announcement, and finds a new house on the U.S.S. Discovery, eventually forming an unexpected bond with Paul Stamets (Anthony Rapp), the Lt. Commander and Dr Hugh Culber played by Wilson Cruz. Gray is warm, empathetic, and eager to fulfil the dream of his life of being a Trill host, but he will have to adapt to the new situation when his life takes an unexpected turn.
Star Trek to introduce Transgender and Non-binary characters.
Blu del Barrio is a non-binary actor, who was at that time, in the final year of Music and Dramatic Arts at the London Academy and a veteran of short films and theatre since the age of 7 years. This entry in the Star Trek will be their debut in the Television acting. Ian Alexander is the first transgender Asian-American person of 19 years of age to act on television. He previously had also made an appearance as Buck-Vu on the online streaming service providing platform, Netflix series, The OA. They also featured as the Naughty Dog in the popular video game, The Last of Us Part II.
It may be a mission of the Star Trek to give visibility to the underrepresented communities because it believes that a future without any division based on gender, race, sexual orientation, and gender identity is entirely within reach of people. It was said by the co-showrunner and the executive producer of the show, Michelle Paradise, who also added that they take pride in working closely with Ian Alexander, Nick Adams, and Blu del Barrio at GLAAD. They will be working closely to create the extraordinary characters of Gray and Adira, and bringing their stories to life with understanding, empathy, empowerment, and joy.
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The debut of these two characters in the Star Trek franchise extends the long history of the franchise in casting diverse actors in heroic roles.