'Star Trek Timelines' celebrates Pride Month with new LGBTQ+ characters

"Star Trek Timelines" puts you in command of Trek characters from every series.
"Star Trek Timelines" puts you in command of Trek characters from every series. (Image credit: Tilted Point)

Role-playing game "Star Trek Timelines" released three new LGBTQ characters to celebrate Pride Month.

Until June 30, all players (regardless of platform) can access Jett Reno, a female human character from "Star Trek Discovery." Through July 9, players can access male human Paul Stamets from "Discovery", and female Trill Lenara Kahn from "Deep Space Nine."

"The 'Star Trek' universe has always been inclusive, and the introduction of scientist and engineer Paul Stamets in 'Star Trek: Discovery' as the first openly gay regular character showcased the series’ long-standing history of advocacy for the LGBTQ+ community," publisher Tilting Point and developer Wicked Realm Games said in a joint statement.

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"The other featured character, scientist Lenara Kahn … is a member of the Trill humanoid species whose on-screen relationship with another female Trill helped tackle the taboo against homosexuality within the space-faring race," the companies added.

Anthony Rapp, an LGBTQ+ actor who plays Stamets, told Space.com in an exclusive 2019 interview that he was humbled to represent a gay character on the "Star Trek" franchise. "There was a hunger and desire within the Trek fans, and especially the LGBTQ+ Trek fandom, to have representation," he said.

The characters come as part of a new campaign by "Timelines", called Kol-Ut-Shan. This is a word in the Vulcan language for "infinite diversity in infinite combinations", the companies said. Vulcan is an alien species and language in the "Star Trek" franchise.

"Timelines" – which is licensed by CBS Consumer Products – includes content from the first 10 films and all seven television series of "Star Trek", including the latest series "Star Trek: Picard" that was released in 2020. The game has more than 800 characters and 50 starships available to participate in missions and battles. 

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Elizabeth Howell
Staff Writer, Spaceflight

Elizabeth Howell (she/her), Ph.D., is a staff writer in the spaceflight channel since 2022 covering diversity, education and gaming as well. She was contributing writer for Space.com for 10 years before joining full-time. Elizabeth's reporting includes multiple exclusives with the White House and Office of the Vice-President of the United States, an exclusive conversation with aspiring space tourist (and NSYNC bassist) Lance Bass, speaking several times with the International Space Station, witnessing five human spaceflight launches on two continents, flying parabolic, working inside a spacesuit, and participating in a simulated Mars mission. Her latest book, "Why Am I Taller?", is co-written with astronaut Dave Williams. Elizabeth holds a Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Space Studies from the University of North Dakota, a Bachelor of Journalism from Canada's Carleton University and a Bachelor of History from Canada's Athabasca University. Elizabeth is also a post-secondary instructor in communications and science at several institutions since 2015; her experience includes developing and teaching an astronomy course at Canada's Algonquin College (with Indigenous content as well) to more than 1,000 students since 2020. Elizabeth first got interested in space after watching the movie Apollo 13 in 1996, and still wants to be an astronaut someday. Mastodon: https://qoto.org/@howellspace