Ok that headline’s a little misleading. Spock, the character isn’t gay, just the man currently playing him. Zachary Quinto, who played Spock in the recent JJ Abrams reboot of Star Trek, and who will presumably continue to play him in Star Trek: The Next whenever they finally get around to it, recently came out of the closet to NY Mag and announced that he’s totally not into chicks.
That doesn’t mean they’ll make the character gay, he obviously isn’t (though that whole Uhura relationship did seem sort of like overcompensation for something), but it’s about time someone involved with Star Trek somewhere along the way came out of the closet, isn’t it?
Star Trek was once know for pushing boundaries, for knocking down the walls of racism and sexism. The original series was the first television program to air an interracial kiss (sort of) and the whole point behind Roddenberry’s vision was that humanity has finally learned how to get along with each other and let everyone be what they want.
But Star Trek has never really come out strong in favor of gay rights. Oh there have been a couple of half-hearted lesbian episodes which were really good, but that’s about all. And the show isn’t really known for employing a lot of gay actors, at least not when they’re out of the closet. George Takei is of course openly gay, but no one knew about it until he was long since done with the Trek universe. That all changes now.
It seems right that the man playing Spock would be the first high-profile, openly gay, active Trek actor. The Vulcans, more than any other race in the Trek universe, would be in favor of gay rights. Their entire philosophy is based around the idea of Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations (IDIC). Spock has even been known to wear an IDIC medallion around his neck, a time or two.
What I’m getting at here is that Spock would approve of this move by Quinto. So should you.