If you discount species that only have one gender (which are homosexual by default), and species that change their appearance or body (like Changelings and Trills), are there any homosexual characters in the prime universe?

I am aware of Ezri and Lita being homosexual or bisexual in the Mirror Universe, but I am interested in the canon prime universe.

This question is explicitly about homosexuality. I am not focusing on those who are bisexual characters (there is one, Garak) or transgender characters (there is an entire episode covering that topic.) This is also not a question about the legal status of LGBT peoples in Star Trek - its about if there were any on screen characters who were homosexual (identified as such on screen or in the background by the actor or producers.)

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    Homosexuality in Star Trek
    – Daft
    Aug 31 '15 at 7:20
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    I've edited the question slightly; to my mind now it isn't a dupe Aug 31 '15 at 7:48
  • I doubt it. If you exclude the revolting "must make character evil therefore gay" from the mirror universe.
    – user46509
    Aug 31 '15 at 8:51
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    In the future no-one cares who's gay or not, and they think the 21st century obsession with it is laughably primitive
    – Gaius
    Aug 31 '15 at 11:29
  • “I am not focusing on those who are bisexual characters (there is one, Garak)” — does Garak’s sexuality ever come up? I remember he seemed to be into Ziyal, and a romance with a woman was mentioned in A Stitch in Time. Sep 22 '16 at 11:39

Memory Alpha doesn't mention many cases, explaining:

Unless Human nature has changed between modern times and the era of Star Trek, there are probably many homosexual individuals throughout the Human culture of the future, but they are rarely specified as such in any canon sense

This article mentions that Lt. Hawk from First Contact may have been gay:

When "First Contact" was being produced in 1996, musings about the purportedly gay bridge officer Lt. Hawk set off a self-sustaining process, with new rumors cropping up every few days, even in mainstream print media. But Hawk ended up as a Star Trek default character who, as Rick Berman himself stated, is not supposed to be gay. Lt. Hawk was established as gay in the novel Section 31: Rogue though.

The same article also refers to the Mirror universe:

Most prominently Mirror Kira Nerys (the Intendant) feels attracted to men and women alike. In addition, Ezri Tigan seems to be lesbian or bisexual in the Mirror Universe, and potentially Leeta as well (DS9: "The Emperor's New Cloak")

Out of canon, we have Yoshi Mishima in the Starfleet Academy comic Culture Clash, who was in a homosexual relationship (Source)

Back to the original question though, the answer it seems is no, there were not officially any on-screen homosexual characters in canon. Hawk's status is not confirmed, but he is the most likely candidate in the prime, canon universe.

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    Jan 2 '17 at 6:47
  • well said. I am sick of all the requirements in media these days to explicitly mark x% of the cast as homosexual, y% as black, z% Asian, etc. etc.. Just because something isn't thrown in your face doesn't mean it's not there. I don't care if Picard is homosexual or what, it's not relevant for the character to know in any context except a homosexual porn flick.
    – jwenting
    Jan 2 '17 at 7:49

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