Jordan Krueger says he’s been a Star Trek fan for as long as he can remember. He was drawn to Trek’s vision of a better, more peaceful, more open and accepting future.
Accepting, that is, except for members of his community: The one described by four very distinct letters of L, G, B and T.
“I consider myself a Star Trek fan through-and-through,” Krueger recently said online. “But I would be devastated if another series ignores lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people the way past series have done. I want to see more people like me on Star Trek.”
So Krueger, the founder of Starbase118.net, is pushing a petition that would entice CBS Corp. and showrunner Bryan Fuller to include a major character from the LGBT community. The online petition — which you can find right here — has a little more than 200 signatures so far in its early stages, but Krueger hopes it will be enough to get the attention of Fuller, himself openly gay.
In fact, Krueger is not just pushing for a gay character. Following Star Trek’s history of breaking different minority barriers with its captains — like Avery Brooks and Kate Mulgrew — Krueger wants Star Trek to consider its first LGBT captain.