In an episode titled 'Into the Forest I Go', Lt. Stamets and his partner Dr. Hugh Culber were seen sharing an intimate kiss during a dramatic scene.
In an episode titled "Into the Forest I Go", which aired on Sunday, November 12, Stamets was about to start his dangerous task, completing 133 "consecutive micro-jumps" around the assumed position of the Klingon fleet to help his crew detect the enemy ships and destroy them. Before beginning the task, Stamets passionately kissed his worried partner Dr. Hugh Culber, played by openly gay actor Wilson Cruz.
Queer director Q. Allan Brocka took to his Twitter account to share the video of the aforementioned steamy scene. "Out gay men kissing on Star Trek. You #BoldlyGo @wcruz73 & @albinokid," he captioned the 10-second clip.
Following the episode, fans took to Twitter to express their excitement over the history-making scene. A fan wrote, "There is so much to say about tonight's episode of #StarTrekDiscovery but can I just thank you for this? I have never been more proud to be a #StarTrek fan. Thank you #LGBT #LGBTQ."
There is so much to say about tonight’s episode of #StarTrekDiscovery but can I just thank you for this? I have never been more proud to be a #StarTrek fan. Thank you 🖖🏼🏳️🌈❤️🧡💛💚💙 #LGBT #LGBTQ pic.twitter.com/OuMkUOZnGu— Feather Rae 🦃🍁🖖🏼 (@LLAPawsper) November 13, 2017
Similarly, another fan gushed, "I never thought a kiss in Star Trek would make me cry. But damned if representation doesn't f***ing feel good."
I never thought a kiss in Star Trek would make me cry. But damned if representation doesn’t fucking feel good.— Cameron MacLeod (@c_9) November 14, 2017
The "Star Trek" franchise has been known for going out of boundaries since its first TV series aired in 1966. "Star Trek: The Original Series" was even criticized back in the late '60s for featuring an interracial kiss between the characters Kirk and Uhura.
"Discovery" was also slammed by some people for featuring a gay couple. In response to the criticism, Cruz personally addressed the issue on his Facebook page. "I'm not here for your comfort. That's not why we are here. We're here to grow. 'Star Trek' is and has always been here to challenge you to look outside of yourself and to see other people and other experiences in yourself," he wrote. "You can turn your TV off, sure, but you'll only be cheating yourself. LGBTQ people aren't going to just disappear because you put your head in the sand. We share the planet with you. We have always been here."
He concluded, "I humbly suggest you learn the lesson. 'Star Trek' could be a great start. It's been my experience that if you don't learn it, the universe, in the end, will find a more personal way to teach it to you. That's harder. So, learn it with us and open your mind and heart. It's easier that way. Good luck."