The Star Trek universe is not perfect.
For me, as a young trans man, growing up in the 1970’s and 1980’s…Star Trek was a beacon of hope for a better world that wasn’t visible. I eagerly attended sci-fi conventions. I hoped. I wanted a better world. I’m still waiting, and in 2020, it feels like we haven’t advanced at all.
Quotes from Spock: “Jim, when I feel friendship for you, I’m ashamed.” – The Naked Time, 1966. Compare that to “I have been, and will always be your friend” – 1982.
Where the hell did we go wrong?
God Bless Majel Barett and the characters she added to Star Trek – for loving Spock in the original series and Odo in Deep Space Nine. For always loving the ones who are special and different from the average, including young Alexander Rojenko – and helping that character reconcile his Klingon and human parts. For loving and marrying the man, Gene Roddenberry, who created the fictional universe that I still hold as the ideal for our future.
Jesus Christ still holds the example and ideal from our past.
How do we find and uphold the love?
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My dear friend, Don’t let go of your hope for the future! If we no longer have hope and lose the ability to image a better future, and work for it, then there’s no way in hell that future can become a reality.
Luisa Derouen, O.P. 2645 Bardstown Road St. Catharine, KY 40061-9435 859-750-1901 Pronouns: she/her ________________________________