A few months ago there was a behind the scenes bit on Star Trek Beyond where they revealed that Sulu does have his daughter in the Kelvin Timeline, although John Cho said at the time there would be something else revealed about the character soon. Now that secret has revealed, and it’s that they have made Sulu in the Kelvin Timeline gay.
John Cho confirmed the news to the Herald Sun in Australia where Star Trek Beyond has already had a premiere:
“He said the decision by writer Simon Pegg and Lin to make Sulu gay was a nod to George Takei, who played the character in the original 1960s series, and was a sign of what he hoped were changing times.
â€œI liked the approach, which was not to make a big thing out it, which is where I hope we are going as a species, to not politicise oneâ€™s personal orientations,â€ said Cho.”
This makes the Kelvin Timeline version of Sulu the first major gay character in Star Trek, although they’ve kind of hinted that the Bryan Fuller TV series would feature one too.