CBS to introduce gay Star Trek character

"Rent" star Anthony Rapp will play the anastromycologist (or fungus expert), Lieutenant Stamets  who has a crucial role in the show’s story. More than that, Rapp says he is excited to play a "complex and human and non-stereotypical" gay character.  

“You get to see his relationship. There was a little glimpse in Sulu in 'Beyond,' and it was a nice nod," he explains. "But in this case, we actually get to see me with my partner in conversation, in our living quarters, you get to see our relationship over time, treated as any other relationship would be treated.”

"Star Trek: Discovery" will premiere on CBS on September 24th. After that, all new episodes will be available on-demand weekly on Sundays exclusively for CBS All Access subscribers. The 15-episode season will be released in two parts: the first eight episodes will run from the 24th through November 5th then resume in January 2018.

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