Queer As Folk’s Jesse James Keitel to feature in Star Trek: Strange New Worlds as new non-binary character
When it comes to queer representation, the world of Star Trek puts the Star Wars universe to shame. Now it’s been reported that one of the stars of the new Queer As Folk, Jesse James Keitel, is headed to Star Trek: Discovery spin off Star Trek: Strange New Worlds.
Phew, that seems like a lot of ‘stars’ to take in and we’ve only just gotten STARted! (sorry)
There is SUCH a big deal made about LGBTQ+ inclusivity in Star Wars and bar a vague allusion to two male characters being in a relationship in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, it’s been SLIM pickins for the franchise’s legions of queer fans. A blink-and-you’ll-miss-it same-sex snog in The Rise of Skywalker is pretty much where it’s at, and there has been next to no improvement in the countless conveyor belt of spin-off shows on Disney+.
Step forward Star Trek. We actually have a feature in the works discussing queer Star Trek and today’s news fits nicely and neatly into our narrative as Trekkies have been treated to gay characters, trans love stories and non-binary storylines for YEARS now.
Jesse, a trans woman, is due to will appear as a guest star on June 16 in an episode of the Strange New Worlds which is currently wowing audiences on Paramount+. She is playing a new non-binary character called Dr. Aspen who develops a special relationship with Mr Spock, played by Ethan Peck, reprising his role from Discovery.
It’s another great move for the Star Trek universe and the landscape for trans and non-binary people in TV and film is improving slowly but surely. You can see Jesse’s work a whole week before her Star Trek debut in the new reboot of Queer As Folk which starts on June 9. Trailers for both shows below.