To a degree, all the characters of the Star Trek family are "out" there--as in outer space. But for the first time, a Federation member is "out" there--as in "out of the closet." On newsstands this week: Star Trek: Starfleet Academy, the monthly comic-book title, featuring a subplot about a gay cadet. The issue is historic--making Nebula Squadron member Yoshi Mishima the first "outed" regular Trekker character in the 30-plus year run of the franchise's TV, film, book and comic life. (Read more)
Joal Ryan, "Where no Trekker has gone before," E Online, February 28, 1998.
In a video that went viral on Monday, investment banker Amy Cooper is seen threatening to call the police on Christian Cooper (no relation) and tell them that “an African-American man is threatening my life,” after the avid birdwatcher asked her to put her dog on a leash... Aside from being an avid birdwatcher, Cooper also happens to be a trailblazing queer comic writer. As a former editor for Marvel, he is known as a pioneer in the comic world for creating the character Yoshi Mishima, the first gay male character in a Star Trek comic and the first gay human ever within the Star Trek universe. With Yoshi, Cooper explored themes of discrimination, obviously something he’s no stranger to in his own life. (Read more)
Desirée Guerrero, "Man at center of viral park video made gay Star Trek history," Out, May 26, 2020.