Why weren’t there any gay people on Star Trek?

Why weren’t there any gay people on Star Trek?
George Takei
George Takei AP

“I did very privately bring up the issue of gays and lesbians [to Star Trek creator, Gene Roddenberry]. And he was certainly, as a sophisticated man, mindful of that, but he said — in one episode, [1968’s “Plato’s Stepchildren”] — we had a biracial kiss; Captain Kirk and Uhura had a kiss. That show was literally blacked out in the South: Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia didn’t air that; our ratings plummeted. It was the lowest-rated episode that we had. And [Roddenberry] said, ‘I’m treading a fine tight wire here. I’m dealing with issues of the time. I’m dealing with the civil rights movement, the Vietnam War, the Cold War, and I need to be able to make that statement by staying on the air. If I dealt with that issue I wouldn’t be able to deal with any issue because I would be canceled.’”

–George Takei, in a new video for Big Think, which you can watch below:

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