Anthony Yapp will play a gay character in the upcoming Star Trek episode

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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 19: Actor Anthony Rapp attends Trevor NextGen's Fall Fete For The Trevor Project at The Angel Orensanz Foundation on November 19, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)

The prequel of the original Star Trek series will appear on air next yer. But some details are already known. Out showrunner Bryan Fuller, who worked on ’90s series Star Trek: Voyager, confirmed that there would be a gay character in the episode. Recalling the strong opposition to including a gay character he faced on Voyager, Singer said: “Absolutely we’re having a gay character. We’ve come a long way since [when Voyager was airing]. I feel like actually gay rights have come a lot further in that time than race issues and women’s issues.” Entertainment Weekly reports that Anthony Yapp – famous for originating the role of Mark in Rent – signing on to play gay character Lieutenant Stamets. Lt Stamets. will be an “astromycologist” – that’s a fungus expert apparently – and the Starship’s Science Officer.

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