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WHERE NO GAY MAN HAS GONE BEFORE

UNLIKE SOME HOLLYWOOD STARS WHO HIDE IN THE SHADOWS, WILSON CRUZ AND ANTHONY RAPP ARE TRAILBLAZERS WHO’VE BEEN OUT SINCE THE 1990S. THEY MADE HISTORY AGAIN LAST YEAR WHEN THEY WERE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE STAR TREK UNIVERSE’S FIRST SAME-SEX KISS. ATTITUDE MEETS THEM AS THEY PREPARE FOR THE RETURN OF HIT SHOW STAR TREK: DISCOVERY

ANTHONY RAPP WORDS: CLIFF JOANNOU

WILSON CRUZ & AARON HARBERTS WORDS: DAVE CROSS

PHOTOGRAPHY:: LEIGH KEILY

STYLING: JULIANNA ALABADO

whether you’re a dedicated Trekkie or have never seen a single episode, the cultural impact of Star Trek is so immense that virtually everybody knows that James T Kirk was the captain of the USS Enterprise, Spock was a Vulcan, and Klingons are the (somstimes) nasty aliens.

Then, there are the catchphrases that transcend generations: Space, the final frontier… or To boldly go where no man has gone before, Beam me up, Scotty, and Live long and prosper, to name a few. When it first aired in the US in 1966 — less than a year after the Voting Rights Act finally guaranteed black people the vote — Star Trek broke new ground by featuring prominent Asian and black cast members, and would go further by airing the first interracial kiss on TV during its original run.

At the time, the real world was a place of social and political unrest. The Civil Rights movement in America was gathering pace, women’s liberation was vocal and active, the brutal Vietnam War was dragging on, and Russia and the USA were locked in a race to put a man on the moon.

Away from the grim reality of life in the Sixties, Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry flipped the status quo and projected a vision of a utopian future in which the problems around prejudice and poverty on Earth had been overcome, and a peaceful human race was spearheading interstellar exploration.

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Actors Anthony Rapp and Wilson Cruz discuss Star Trek’s first gay kiss, Dancing on Ice star Matt Evers comes out as gay, and we speak to Love Island’s Kem Cetinay and pop star Paloma Faith. Plus an expanded travel section featuring Thailand, Hawaii, Tel Aviv, Venice and Florida.