Statement on the Aggression Against the People of Ukraine

To Proudly Go stands beside the people of Ukraine and the citizens of Russia currently suffering for speaking out against their government’s aggression and atrocities against the Ukrainian people. We are especially mindful of the fear of vulnerable LGBTQ+ humans who cannot get to safety right now. If we become aware of ways in which our community can either directly or indirectly offer aid, we will pass along that information as soon as we have it.

The Star Trek universe is aspirational and inspirational. It speaks to us because it tells a story of humanity that embodies the best potential of the human spirit. Our world is not there, yet, but recent events can serve to remind us all of the common wishes of the human heart—to raise our children in peace, to live and love freely, and to live out the full course of a human life without fear of war, suffering, or oppression.

Michael Agnew

Executive Director &

Chair of the Board of Directors

Celebrating Black History Month

February marks Black History Month, and the Star Trek franchise has always been a leader in advancing television’s sometimes-slow progress towards inclusiveness and diversity. In December, we celebrated Nichelle Nichols on her birthday, and outlined her groundbreaking role at the dawn of the Trek universe. But she was just the first of many Black actors to have traveled through the galaxy and into the hearts and minds of audiences over the years.

In his recently published article for StarTrek.com, Virginia-based author and proud “hardcore Trek fan” C. Edward Sharpe writes:

Trek’s Black history makers showed me, as a young kid, that Black people could and would have a future.

Being an African-American with a deep interest in history, especially Black history, I have always looked forward to February, when Black History Month is commemorated in the United States.The holiday started as Negro History Week in 1926, the creation of seminal scholar Dr. Carter G. Woodson. Dr. Woodson set the commemorative week in February to honor the birthdays of both Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.

One perennial theme in many Black History Month commemorations is the acknowledgment and celebration of historical firsts, key markers of social progress for a people who were, and in many unfortunate ways continue to be, shut out of the mainstream of American life. Though human racism is largely a thing of the past in Star Trek’s future, honoring and respecting human history was not.

C. Edward Sharpe, StarTrek.com

He goes on to outline the importance of several of the sometimes less-celebrated in-universe characters: Commander John Mark Kelly (played by Phil Morris), Lily Sloane (Alfre Woodard), Doctors Emory Erickson (Bill Cobbs) and Richard Daystrom (William Marshall), and Captain Tryla Scott (Ursaline Bryant).

No celebration of Black history and Star Trek can overlook LeVar Burton as Geordi LaForge, Guinan as played by Whoopi Goldberg (the only Black woman and one of only sixteen people to have won the “EGOT” in competitive categories), Avery Brooks as Captain Benjamin Sisko, asteroid-hunting Tim Russ as Tuvok, and of course Michael Dornas Worf.

One of the noteworthy things about Star Trek as a piece of history rather than as a story is that it struck its powerful notes of inclusion early and often throughout the development and growth of the franchise. But like any institution, some things are slower to change than others. One oversight until Picard came along was that no show in any series had ever employed a Black woman to serve as director of an episode. That changed in 2020, with Hanelle Culpepper.

This Black history month, not yet two years since the murder of George Floyd and not yet one year since the conviction of his murderer, we see that forward motion along the path to full inclusion and justice can still be rocky and uneven. With plenty of work left yet to do, we celebrate the members of the Trek community whose work broke new ground, inspired young Black children to explore their passions, and whose stories have enriched all of our lives—all while making their own contributions to the advancement of equality and justice in human society. Sometimes these contributions were quiet and underappreciated, and sometimes they were huge and impossible to ignore, going back again to the pioneering work of Nichelle Nichols and so much of the groundwork she laid, including the first interracial kiss on television.

Inevitably, for the sake of brevity, we will have overlooked some beloved actors and their characters, so please feel free to chime in on social media with some of your favorites that we may have overlooked here!

Join Us for Center Seat in January 2022

Be sure to join us for the History Channel’s Star Trek docuseries ‘Center Seat’! starting 6pm Saturdays on January 15 until February 5, 2022.

Hosted by Heather Wood and Special Guests, these Trek’tastic events will be filled with Star Trek Trivia games, special Star Trek themed drag performances, special guests, 2-4-1 drinks, fabulous Star Trek prizes, and merchandise. Your contribution will help benefit Trinity Place Shelter!

***Proof of vaccination will be required for entry!***

Complete event details here.

About Trinity Place Shelter

Trinity Place Shelter is a non-sectarian, 10-bed transitional shelter that provides LGBTQ youth and young adults with a safe place to sleep, shower, eat and store belongings. We provide individual and group counseling, independent living supportive services, and access to transportation. Trinity Place Shelter’s mission is to help homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer (LGBTQ*) youth and young adults in New York City to safely transition out of the shelter system and grow into independent, positive, and productive adults.

About To Proudly Go

To Proudly Go is a 501c3 domestic not-for-profit corporation, formed on March 1, 2021 with the New York Department of State, Division of Corporations (DOS ID# 5951201, EIN 86-2499865) for the purposes of creating safe and supportive spaces through the use of public events that celebrates science fiction, promotes the LGBTQIA+ community and connects scientific discovery and education to empower and foster a kinder and better world.

Happy 89th Birthday Nichelle Nichols!

Happy 89th birthday to the beloved original series star, Nichelle Nichols! Her work on the original series broke new ground in minority representation on television, and led to an illustrious lifetime of work beyond the screen. 

Early in her career, Ms. Nichols was more interested in a stage career on Broadway rather than a television career, and almost resigned the show to pursue her dream. However, she was approached by a “fan” at an NAACP event—Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He impressed upon her that her role in the show was every bit as important as the marches and speeches of the Civil Rights Movement. She was showing America and the world a strong, Black woman of intelligence and accomplishment, and breaking down barriers for others to follow in her path, not just in television but in business, science, law, medicine, and other accomplished career paths. She was persuaded by his encouragement, and when she went to Gene Roddenberry’s office to retract her resignation letter, he showed her that he had already torn it up. Later in the show’s run, she shared the first interracial kiss in television history with William Shatner. 

Her work on the show led to her working with NASA for much of her life. As shown in the documentary, “Woman in Motion: Nichelle Nichols, Star Trek and the Remaking of NASA,” she “pioneered the NASA recruiting program to hire people of color and the first female astronauts for the space agency in the late 1970s and 1980s.” 

Ms. Nichols made her final official public appearance earlier this month at L.A. Comicon, concluding a remarkable and world-changing career whose impact will be felt far into the future! For more information about Nichelle, please visit http://uhura.com/

World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day has occurred every year on December 1st since 1988. It is an international day dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection and mourning those who have died of the disease.

HIV remains a major public health issue that affects millions of people worldwide. As of 2017, AIDS has killed between 28.9 million and 41.5 million people worldwide, and an estimated 36.7 million people are living with HIV, making it one of the most important global public health issues in recorded history.

To Proudly Go encourages your support of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BCEFA). BCEFA is one of the nation’s leading nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. Your support provides groceries and medication, health care and hope to those in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., affected by HIV/AIDS, COVID-19 and other life-threatening illnesses.

For more information about HIV/AIDS, please visit the CDC HIV/AIDS Resource Library.

Transgender Day of Remembrance

We join the Transgender Day of Remembrance by honoring the memory of all who lost their life due to transgender violence. The Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR), also known as the International Transgender Day of Remembrance, has been observed annually (from its inception) on November 20 as a day to memorialize those who have been murdered as a result of transphobia. It is a day to draw attention to the continued violence endured by transgender people. We hope for a brighter future in which we can proudly be our true selves without fear of violence. 🏳️‍⚧️🖖

Join Us For Star Trek Discovery, Season 4!

To Proudly Go invites you to join us at the legendary Barracuda Lounge starting November 20 at 6pm every Saturday for Star Trek: Discovery, Season 4!

Hosted by Heather Wood, Flippe Kikee and Special Guests, these Trek’tastic events will be filled with Star Trek Trivia games, special Star Trek themed drag performances, special guests, 2-4-1 drinks, fabulous Star Trek prizes, and merchandise. Your contribution will help benefit Trinity Place Shelter!

***Proof of vaccination will be required for entry! Get yourself vaccinated folks!***

About Trinity Place Shelter

Trinity Place Shelter is a non-sectarian, 10-bed transitional shelter that provides LGBTQ youth and young adults with a safe place to sleep, shower, eat and store belongings. We provide individual and group counseling, independent living supportive services, and access to transportation. Trinity Place Shelter’s mission is to help homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer (LGBTQ*) youth and young adults in New York City to safely transition out of the shelter system and grow into independent, positive, and productive adults.

About To Proudly Go

To Proudly Go is a 501c3 domestic not-for-profit corporation, formed on March 1, 2021 with the New York Department of State, Division of Corporations (DOS ID# 5951201, EIN 86-2499865) for the purposes of creating safe and supportive spaces through the use of public events that celebrates science fiction, promotes the LGBTQIA+ community and connects scientific discovery and education to empower and foster a kinder and better world.

Join Us for Our First Event!

To Proudly Go invites you to join us at the legendary Barracuda Lounge starting August 14 at 6pm every Saturday for Star Trek: Lower Decks, Season 2!

Hosted by Heather Wood, these Trek’tastic events will be filled with Star Trek Trivia games, special Star Trek themed drag performances, special guests, 2-4-1 drinks, fabulous Star Trek prizes, and merchandise. Your contribution will help benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS!

***Proof of vaccination will be required for entry! Get yourself vaccinated folks!***

Complete event details are available here.

About Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is one of the nation’s leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. By drawing upon the talents, resources and generosity of the American theatre community, since 1988 Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS has raised more than $300 million for essential services for people with HIV/AIDS and other critical illnesses in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Washington DC.

About To Proudly Go

To Proudly Go is a 501c3 domestic not-for-profit corporation formed on March 1, 2021 with the New York Department of State, Division of Corporations (DOS ID# 5951201, EIN 86-2499865) for the purposes of creating safe and supportive spaces through the use of public events that celebrates science fiction, promotes the LGBTQIA+ community and connects scientific discovery and education to empower and foster a kinder and better world.

Happy International Non-Binary Day 💛🤍💜🖤🖖

July 14 is recognized around the world as International Non-Binary People’s Day, aimed at raising awareness and organizing around the issues faced by non-binary people around the world while celebrating their contributions.

The term “non-binary” describes someone who does not identify exclusively as a man or a woman. Non-binary people may identify as being both a man and a woman or as falling completely outside these categories. Many non-binary people also identify as transgender, though not all do.

In 2020 Star Trek: Discovery introduce the first transgender and non-binary characters. Star Trek’s first non-binary character was Adira, played by Blu del Barrio. The first transgender character was Gray, portrayed by Ian Alexander.

Star Trek has always made a mission of giving visibility to underrepresented communities because it believes in showing people that a future without division on the basis of race, gender, gender identity or sexual orientation is entirely within our reach”

Michelle Paradise, co-showrunner and executive producer of Star Trek: Discovery 

So today, Join To Proudly Go in celebrating the diversity of the Non-Binary Community for International Non-Binary Day 2021! 💛🤍💜🖤

Live Proud and Prosper! 🖖