The characters are to seem within the third series of Star Trek: Discovery, producers said on Wednesday.
The trans character, Gray, is going to be played by trans actor Ian Alexander, and likewise, non-binary Adira is going to be portrayed by Blu del Barrio.
“Star Trek has always made a mission of giving visibility to underrepresented popular sci-fi franchise Star Trek is about to introduce its first transgender and non-binary characters.d communities” said a producer.
The show’s co-runner and executive producer Michelle Paradise added: “It believes in showing folks that a future without division on the idea of race, gender, identity or sexual orientation is entirely within our reach.”
Welcome Blu del Barrio and @ianaIexander to the #StarTrekFamily! They will be playing Adira, Star Trek’s first non-binary character, and Gray, Star Trek’s first transgender character in #StarTrekDiscovery Season 3. Learn more about Blu in this @glaad Q&A: https://t.co/gd54tVl8p0 pic.twitter.com/WroJ32n7Cp
— Star Trek on CBS All Access (@startrekcbs) September 2, 2020
The program, which can resume next month on US TV network CBS, previously featured the primary married gay characters within the franchise’s history; while Sonequa Martin-Green also became the primary Black woman to steer a Star Trek TV series.
In an interview with GLAAD del Barrio said: “When I got the decision that I’d been cast as Adira, I hadn’t yet told the bulk of my friends and family that I used to be non-binary.
“So when this happened, it felt just like the universe saying ‘go-ahead’.”
Anthony Rapp, one among the show’s stars, tweeted: “I cannot await you all to satisfy these beautiful souls and wonderful artists. I’m so so so pleased with them and happy that they’re a neighborhood of our show”.