The Star Trek franchise is again being honored for its history of representation, this time at the 2022 Outfest Legacy Awards. And Discovery’s Wilson Cruz will be there to represent the franchise.
Star Trek at Outfest 2022
Outfest, the Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization whose impact promotes empathy for the global Queer community, careers in the entertainment industry, and the exhibition/preservation of LGBTQIA+ and underrepresented stories and voices, announced that they will honor the entire Star Trek franchise with the Visionary Award at the 2022 Outfest Legacy Awards. The Visionary Award recognizes creative or artistic contributions to LGBTQIA+ and media visibility. As entertainment continues to imagine new and fantastic worlds, the Star Trek franchise has led the charge in including fully-realized LGBTQIA+ characters and stories in its universe.
“As a self-proclaimed proud ‘Trekkie’ I have always been enamored with the Star Trek universe, originating with Gene Roddenberry’s original canon, that has been created and expanded by so many visionaries, artists and talent, both above and below line,” stated Outfest Executive Director Damien S. Navarro in a statement. “We are excited to celebrate the dozens of ‘ahead-of-their time’ films, series, animation, games, art, and graphic novels that continue to feature some of the most well-rounded diverse and queer characters and their storylines.”
This year’s Visionary Award will be presented by Nikki Santoro, IMDb Chief Operating Officer. Star Trek: Discovery’s Wilson Cruz will accept on behalf of the Star Trek franchise.
The 2022 Outfest Legacy Awards will be held at Paramount Studios on Saturday, October 22nd, presented by IMDb and Genesis Motor America. The 40th anniversary celebration will include special appearances by Fran Drescher, Javicia Leslie, Ronen Rubinstein, Rafael Silva, Brian Michael Smith, and special performances by Tolliver and DJ Cquestt. Michaela Jaé Rodriguez (2019 Trailblazer recipient) will be presenting the 2022 Trailblazer Award to Janelle Monáe.
The Outfest Legacy Awards has also partnered this year with ABC On the Red Carpet to feature both of these powerful honoree spotlights from this year’s awards show as well as a 15-minute edited version that will be shared across the eight ABC-owned television stations’ social and digital channels on Sunday, October 30th, 2022.
For more details or info on how to attend, visit outfest.org/thelegacyawards.