Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. August Learn how and when to remove this template message Many major species in the Star Trek universe are depicted as having mainly monogamous, heterosexual marital relationships. Other characters noted as being married include Leonard McCoy divorced before both the original series and the events of Star Trek , he remarries during the course of the original series , Beverly Crusher widowed before the beginning of Star Trek: The Doctor , a holographic individual, spent time with his own holographic family and got married to a human woman in the alternate timeline from which Admiral Janeway returns.
James Kirk, experiencing memory loss, marries a Native American woman, Miramanee. The marriage lasts for several months, until Miramanee's death. The wedding of two crewmen commences but is interrupted in " Balance of Terror. Pulaski advises that each woman have a child by three different men and each man father a child with three different women to ensure sufficient genetic diversity.
In the episode of Next Generation, " Data's Day ", Data mentions that Bolian marriages require three individuals. The episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, " Field of Fire " references this, when Dax mentions that a deceased male Bolian crew member had a co-husband in addition to a wife.
The first regular cast member to be a part of a polyamorous marriage was Phlox , the Denobulan doctor aboard the Enterprise NX on Enterprise. He had three wives, who in turn each had two other husbands besides him, and these were open marriages where spouses were free to pursue sexual relationships with others, as evidenced when one of Phlox's wives visited the Enterprise and openly flirted with Trip Tucker , in the episode " Stigma ". Sexuality outside marriage[ edit ] This section does not cite any sources.
August Learn how and when to remove this template message Most relationships into which Starfleet officers enter are brief, nonmarital, serially monogamous. Officers are frequently seen to have sexual relationships lasting no more than an episode. William Riker is an example of this.
In the film Star Trek Generations , Kirk reminisces over his girlfriend of two years, Antonia, and regrets never marrying her.
In the Nexus temporal anomaly, he is provided a second chance and decides to marry her. In actuality, the Nexus is not real and the marriage never takes place. Some characters have been shown to have children out of wedlock. Kirk's son David Marcus and Worf 's son Alexander Rozhenko were both born to parents who never married.
Deltans, a race introduced in Star Trek: The Motion Picture , are so profoundly sexual that they must swear an oath of celibacy upon entering Starfleet to avoid harming non-Deltans they may serve with. Religious figures, as in real life, are not necessarily bound by rules of celibacy in the Star Trek universe. On the deeply religious world of Bajor, for instance, even the spiritual leaders may enter non-marital sexual relationships without religious disapproval.
Interracial Relationships in Star Trek[ edit ] Main article: Plato's Stepchildren The episode is often cited as the "first interracial kiss" depicted on television, between James T. Kirk William Shatner and Lt.
Uhura Nichelle Nichols , but the reality is not so straightforward. William Shatner recalls in Star Trek Memories that NBC insisted their lips never touch the technique of turning their heads away from the camera was used to conceal this ; moreover, the episode portrays the kiss as involuntary, being forced by telekinesis.
However, Nichelle Nichols insists in her autobiography Beyond Uhura written in after Shatner's book that the kiss was real, even in takes where her head obscures their lips. Star Trek had also previously featured an interracial kiss between William Shatner and France Nuyen in " Elaan of Troyius " but had drawn no comment. Nancy Sinatra and Sammy Davis, Jr.
Having successfully shot the former version of the scene, Shatner and Nichelle Nichols deliberately flubbed every take of the latter version, thus forcing the episode to go out with the kiss intact. Knowing that Gene was determined to air the real kiss, Bill shook me and hissed menacingly in his best ham-fisted Kirkian staccato delivery, "I!
The director was beside himself, and still determined to get the kissless shot. So we did it again, and it seemed to be fine. Everyone watched as Kirk and Uhura kissed and kissed and kissed. And I'd like to set the record straight: Although Kirk and Uhura fought it, they did kiss in every single scene. When the non-kissing scene came on, everyone in the room cracked up. The last shot, which looked okay on the set, actually had Bill wildly crossing his eyes.
It was so corny and just plain bad it was unusable. The only alternative was to cut out the scene altogether, but that was impossible to do without ruining the entire episode. Finally, the guys in charge relented: Let's go with the kiss. And so the kiss stayed.
We received one of the largest batches of fan mail ever, all of it positive, with many addressed to me from girls wondering how it felt to kiss Captain Kirk, and many to him from guys wondering the same thing about me. Interestingly, however, almost no one found the kiss offensive" except from a single mildly negative letter by a white Southerner.
August Learn how and when to remove this template message Relationships between characters of different species have sometimes been used as an analogy for interracial relationships. As evidenced by the existence of Spock , inter-species mating has been a part of Star Trek since its first episode.
The Final Frontier all contained instances in which Spock had to deal with the consequences of his human—Vulcan biology. On Enterprise the series' penultimate story arc dealt with the first human—Vulcan offspring.
A species frequently involved in inter-species reproduction is human: An example of non-reproductive mating occurred when Data, an android, had a sexual encounter with Tasha Yar, a human, in the Next Generation episode " The Naked Now ".
Other examples include "I, Mudd", where it's implied that Harry Mudd and Chekhov have relations with androids, "Requiem For Methuselah", where Kirk kisses and falls in love with Rayna who was built by Flint to be his companion, "What Are Little Girls Made Of", which features an android-to-android relationship between Dr. Corby and Andria, and also various affairs with holodeck characters. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. August Learn how and when to remove this template message The Pocket Books guideline for story submission, "How to Submit Creative Material," states: He is shown to have a daughter and loving husband.
George Takei , who portrayed Lt. Sulu , at a pride parade in In , Takei came out as gay. Hikaru Sulu , came out as gay. In a interview with The Humanist, he remarked: My attitude toward homosexuality has changed. I came to the conclusion that I was wrong. I was never someone who hunted down 'fags' as we used to call them on the street.
I would, sometimes, say something anti-homosexual off the top of my head because it was thought, in those days, to be funny.
I never really deeply believed those comments, but I gave the impression of being thoughtless in these areas. I have, over many years, changed my attitude about gay men and women.
Other stars of the franchise chimed in, with Leonard Nimoy who played Spock offering his support in a letter to the Los Angeles Times saying, "It is entirely fitting that gays and lesbians will appear unobtrusively aboard the Enterprise—neither objects of pity nor melodramatic attention. Control of the Star Trek franchise fell to Rick Berman. While no gay crew members appeared on TNG, "The Outcast" was one episode that was intended to address the subject of sexual discrimination in the Star Trek universe.
The episode featured Soren, a member of an androgynous race called the J'naii, who find the concept of gender primitive and offensive. Soren, unlike most others of her race, reveals to Commander Riker that she is inclined toward a female identity and is attracted to him. Riker and Soren begin a secret romantic relationship, and when her people discover this, she is arrested and subjected to "psychotectic therapy", by which she has all elements of gender eliminated, and loses her attraction to Riker.
The episode was met with both praise and criticism from the LGBT community. In the case of the latter, criticism came from people who felt that it sanctioned the brainwashing therapy to which Soren was subjected, and others who felt that the creative staff abdicated their responsibility to exploring the issue.
Moore responded to the question of why there were few gay characters in science fiction in general and none on Star Trek thus: We've just failed at it. It's not been something we've successfully done. At Star Trek we used to have all these stock answers for why we didn't do it. The truth is it was not really a priority for any of us on the staff so it wasn't really something that was strong on anybody's radar.
And then I think there's a certain inertia that you're not used to writing those characters into these dramas and then you just don't.
And somebody has to decide that it's important before you do it and I think we're still at the place where that's not yet a common — yeah, we have to include this and this is an important thing to include in the shows. Sci fi for whatever reason is just sort of behind the curve on all this. I'm in a minority as well, as a woman. It took a lot of courage on their part to hire a woman. I think that right up until the end they were very dubious about it. It's one thing to cast a subordinate Black, Asian or woman, but to put them in leading role means the solid endorsement of one of the largest studios in the world.
And that goes for a gay character as well. It requires a terrific social conscience on their part and the pledge of some solidarity and unanimity, which I think is probably at the source of most of this problem to get every one of those executives on board regarding this decision.
Well, one would think that Hollywood would be more open-minded at this point, since essentially the whole town is run by the gay community. It makes very little sense if you think about it. No, Star Trek is very strangely by the book in this regard. Rick Berman, who is a very sagacious man, has been very firm about certain things.