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Comment of the Week: Jon Trouten

Filed By Bil Browning | January 30, 2011 7:00 PM | comments

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Tags: gay characters, Jon Trouten, science fiction, Star Trek

From Alex's post, "Why Hasn't Star Trek Ever Had a Queer Character?," Jon Trouten writes: commentofweek1.png

Star Trek was definitely always more about gender identity as opposed to sexual orientation. The J'naii characters in that one TNG episode (which really never made sense to me, but that's just me).

DS9 always seemed the most willing to address sexuality issues. There was the Mirror Universe Kira, who was clearly bisexual. Also, there was Dax, who had lived different lifetimes as both men and women. One specific storyline introduced Jadzia Dax to one of her former spouses. Both hosts were female and they were briefly intimate with each other before breaking up again.

Several readers left comments about a Star Trek episode that never made it to air, but let's expand the topic a week bit. What sci-fi show do you think was the most LGBT-friendly?

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Woohoo! I feel famous. :)

I have two immediate choices, though I'm not sure that the first one meets the criteria for a sci-fi show. My first choice is Buffy the Vampire Slayer, especially from fourth season onward, when Willow met and fell in love with Tara and later with one of the newbie slayers. I don't remember much GLBT content beyond that, but it was nice to see a longer-term romance between two young women and it certainly was fairly new for American network TV.

My second choice was the update Doctor Who series and its spin-off series Torchwood: Captain Jack and then Ianto and then Toshiko and then that other future guy played by James Marsters. It's not that they had gay and bisexual characters. The series -- especially Torchwood -- is extremely comfortable with its sexuality. It doesn't use code. It's just matter of fact about the whole issue.

Farscape was definitely #1--they were pretty chill about depicting sexuality without making a big deal about gender.

Lexx also was okay with that sort of thing.

I don't watch many Sci-Fi shows, but I'd have to say 'Torchwood'. It's a spin-off of 'Doctor Who'. Two of the main characters are bisexual and their various relationships are shown throughout the series.

"Torchwood" and the "Battlestar Galactica" universe

All of the main characters in Torchwood seem to be at least bisexual.
BSG doesn't deal with it that much, but there are a handful of gay/bi secondary characters. Its spin-off "Caprica" has a gay, married mafia assassin.

Honorary mention to the Camile Wray/Sharon Walker relationship on "Stargate Universe". Clearly the most stable, normal relationship on the show. Shame they canceled it.

Babylon 5. I can't go into specifics because I don't want to ruin the show for anyone that hasn't seen it, but... Babylon 5.

Hands down, the first two seasons of Torchwood. Not so much the third season, in which there were a fair number of homophobic scenes and remarks, and I have no hope at all for the fourth season.

But the first two seasons were awesome.