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Sulu Comes Out

By RD Heldenfels Published: October 28, 2005

Over the years, when a new ''Star Trek'' series was unveiled, at least one reporter would ask about the show's underrepresenting gay characters. It was a reasonable question, and you couldn't really count that ''Deep Space Nine'' episode where Kira's parallel-universe self was attracted to her.

But now we can simply wonder if the Federation had a ''don't ask, don't tell'' policy. George Takei, Sulu on the original series, has said publicly that he is gay. (A story about it is here.)

This, of course, creates a great opportunity for Paramount, which packages and repackages the various ''Star Trek'' productions. Now it can put out a special ''Sulu Collection'' of episodes that either gave him significant screen time or contained what might be hints about Sulu's sexuality. Perhaps they could even get Takei to do commentaries. I'm sure some fans are already arguing about how the show's art may have imitated life.

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