Diversity and inclusion has been a fundamental element of Star Trek since the debut of the original CBS series in 1966. Discovery Season 3 will further that vision by introducing the franchise’s first transgender and non-binary characters, portrayed by actors Ian Alexander and Blu del Barrio.
Alexander is known for breakout performances as Buck Vu in The OA and as the rebellious Seraphite Lev in The Last of Us Part II, and also an advocate for transgender equality, racial justice and mental health awareness for LGBTQ+ youth.
Alexander will play Gray, described in a press release as “empathetic, warm and eager to fulfill his lifelong dream of being a Trill host, but he will have to adapt when his life takes an unexpected turn.”
We may have already briefly glimpsed Alexander’s character in the trailer for Season 3, which was released all the way back in October 2019. It’s possible that’s Gray we see floating in the Trill pools in one shot.