"In the fifth season [of Star Trek: The Next Generation] viewers will see more of shipboard life [including] gay crew members in day-to-day circumstances." - Gene Roddenberry, to The Advocate, 1991
The above quote is a promise made by the creator of Star Trek, Gene Roddenberry, shortly before his death. This promise was never fulfilled.
We, the undersigned, request that the director, producers and writers of the new Star Trek films include a romantic relationship between main characters of the same sex in the execution of Star Trek sequels. This relationship could be formed by any number of character combinations as might develop naturally in the course of the story. Preferably, this development would occur between members of the primary cast of characters on the Enterprise.
If you, the director, producers and writers, allow such relationships to be shown as was intended for the original Star Trek productions, we believe that it would carry forward the legacy that Gene Roddenberry left to us, the fans: the legacy of a future in which all genders and races are equal and accepted. The acknowledgment of the deep love and friendship between members of the Enterprise crew in a mainstream film, regardless of gender, would encourage the abolition of prejudice and homophobia and open the door to further acceptance of all types of sexuality.
We recognize the fiscal implications of such a momentous step. However, such a relationship, if accepted in the mainstream films, will bring financial returns from Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans groups as well as Star Trek fans. The resurrection of the franchise has come at the perfect time for it to lead the way again, as it did in the 1960s, and break new ground in terms of gender and sexual equality.
Link to Petition: http://www.seetreklove.com/blog/?p=9
I found this while browsing my usual sites this morning. I've signed, have you?
I hope the link works. I suck at them.
Also, why is there no Gene Roddenberry tag mods?