August 12, 2016 at 1:12 pm EDT | by Mariah Cooper
‘Star Trek: Discovery’ will feature gay character
(Screenshot via YouTube)

(Screenshot via YouTube)

“Star Trek: Discovery,” a new CBS All Access series, will feature a gay character and have a female lead.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, showrunner Bryan Fuller, who is openly gay, revealed the newly tweaked premise at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour on Wednesday. Fuller explained he had received hate mail during his time on “Voyager,” another “Star Trek” series in the franchise, when rumors swirled that there was a gay character.

Following his experience with “Voyager,” Fuller decided to incorporate a gay character into “Star Trek: Discovery.” Although Fuller had already planned on including a gay character, he noted that executive producer Alex Kurtzman originally pitched the idea to him.

“Star Trek: Discovery” will also have a female lead, who could possibly be an actress of color. The character will not be a captain, but instead a lieutenant commander.

The series is scheduled to air in January 2017.

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