Levar Burton Discusses His “Star Trek” Sexuality

Winona Dimeo-Ediger / July 13, 2012

“Yeah, one [romance] was with an entity that was actually a monster. And the other was with a holographic representation of the woman who designed the Enterprise engines. Neither of which I would necessarily call a healthy relationship. I just wish [the writers] had allowed that part of Geordi to evolve… Because there were a couple of one-line gags that were present in the character — the first one being, “The blind guy flies the ship.” And we solved that by giving Geordi a specific area of expertise from which to contribute, when we moved him to engineering.

The other stereotype was that of the nerdy guy, the engineer who is inept around women. And we just never had the opportunity — we ran out of time, I guess — we never had the opportunity to evolve beyond that. And I believe with the core of my being that ‘Star Trek’ is better than that. ‘Star Trek’ is better than stereotypes.”

LeVar Burton talks about his character Geordi La Forge’s lack of romantic interests on “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” which is coming out on Blu-Ray on July 24th (yay!). Amelia and I have always wondered about Geordi’s complete lack of game, especially because, in my view, Geordi was suuuuper hot. But what can I say? I’m a sucker for a guy in a Visual Instrument and Sensory Organ Replacement (VISOR). [io9]