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'Star Trek Beyond': John Cho's character Sulu is openly gay

Mr. Hikaru Sulu is out and proud in "Star Trek Beyond."

John Cho, who plays Sulu in the most recent "Star Trek" films, said that his character has a daughter and a partner, making him the first openly gay character in "Star Trek" franchise history.

Still, Cho said the filmmakers decided to take a low-key approach. "I liked the approach, which was not to make a big thing out [of] it," Cho told Australia's Herald Sun, "which is where I hope we are going as a species, to not politicize one's personal orientations."

Cho added that writer Simon Pegg and director Justin Lin made the decision as a nod to George Takei, who came...