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posted Friday, February 11, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 06
Where no Gays have gone before
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Where no Gays have gone before

by Leslie Robinson - SGN Contributing Writer

Brannon Braga, who produced many of the episodes and feature films in the Star Trek universe, told AfterElton.com that the franchise's lack of Gay characters was 'a shame.' His new show, Terra Nova, so far also has no Gay characters.

It doesn't strike me as all that hard to include LGBT characters in televised science fiction. I'll take a shot at a scene right now:

INTERIOR CROSSROADS BAR, PLANET OF NEW POUGHKEEPSIE - EVENING
CAPTAIN ISABEL RODRIGUEZ and FIRST ENGINEER SUE TREMAINE, wearing work jumpsuits, drinking Saturn slings.

TREMAINE
I'll never get over her.

RODRIGUEZ
That's what you said last time.

TREMAINE
I'm repetitive. Sue me.

RODRIGUEZ
What you are is addicted to the chase.

TREMAINE
If I wanted psychoanalysis I'd be drinking with the counselor from Pluto with three feet.

RODRIGUEZ
Maybe you should take a break from women.

TREMAINE
Not in this lifetime. And if what the Oracle told me is true, not in the next one either.

GOOSIE the barkeeper stops at their table.

GOOSIE
Another round, ladies?

RODRIGUEZ
No thanks, Goosie. We have to work tomorrow.

TREMAINE
Hey Goose, I can't tell if you're a guy or a girl today.

GOOSIE
Not too sure myself. Wait, it's Tuesday. Guy.

He moves to the next table.

TREMAINE
Hell of an interesting planet he comes from.

RODRIGUEZ
It's bedtime for me.

TREMAINE
The night is young! Look, the Orion Express just unloaded. Visitors who'd love to be shown around by our fair captain.

RODRIGUEZ
Stuff it.

TREMAINE
Izzy, you haven't been with a man or a woman since the Leberwurstians invaded.

RODRIGUEZ
The tingling in my artificial nose says they'll be back. I have to lead. Not love.

See? Adding LGBT characters opens a host of dramatic doors. Sci-fi creators need to beam us on board.



Leslie Robinson wants a Tribble. E-mail her at lesarobinson@gmail.com, and check out her blog at www.generalgayety.com.

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