Classic Riker.


In TNG: “The Outcast” Commander Riker falls in love with Soren, a member of the apparently androgynous J'naii species. In this genderless society Soren feels like a woman, something that is not only scorned but downright illegal on the J'naii homeworld. Even worse, anyone infringing the law is subjected to a psychotectic therapy, a form of “re-education”.

Rick Berman tried not to let perceptions of what the public would find acceptable “influence us too much” in the choice of Riker’s opposite, adding “but having Riker engaged in passionate kisses with a male actor might have been a little unpalatable to viewers.” Jonathan Frakes felt otherwise and would later criticize the decision to cast women in the roles of the J'naii, as a love affair apparently shared between two men would have made the statement of the episode stronger.

While the mission to portray a gay relationship in the 24th century has not been achieved, the episode still manages to hit on transgender issues due to the premise of Soren finding herself in a genderless society.


I am female. I was born that way. I have had those feelings, those longings, all of my life. It is not unnatural. I am not sick because I feel this way. I do not need to be helped. I do not need to be cured. What I need, and what all of those who are like me need, is your understanding. And your compassion. We have not injured you in any way. And yet we are scorned and attacked. And all because we are different. What we do is no different from what you do. We talk and laugh. We complain about work. And we wonder about growing old. We talk about our families and we worry about the future. And we cry with each other when things seem hopeless. All of the loving things that you do with each other - that is what we do. And for that we are called misfits, and deviants and criminals. What right do you have to punish us? What right do you have to change us? What makes you think you can dictate how people love each other?


Is it just me, or is this ahead of it’s time for 1992 television? 

Star Trek still ended up lagging behind a bit.

(in response to macpye)

Season 5 Episode 17

The Outcast


Star Trek alphabet meme: Favourite species 

J - J'naii   

The J'naii are a genderless, androgynous race. However, occasionally, individuals are born who have urges for maleness or femaleness. This is considered a form of sickness by their government. Any individual suspected of having such gender identity can be taken into custody and a psychotectic therapy is used to change their gender identity to androgyny.
This resulted in a subculture forming inside J'naii society where the gender-oriented individuals search each other out in secret, to express themselves and their love for each other through the gender roles. This minority always lives in fear of being discovered. x

The J'naii appear in TNG “The Outcast”, where female identifying Soren and commander Riker fall in love. Jonathan Frakes would later criticize the decision to cast women in the roles of the J'naii, as a love affair shared between two men would have made the statement of the episode stronger. x

Entry 285: The J’naii

Home World: J’naii

Occupation: Androgynous humanoids of the week

First Appearance: “The Outcast” (TNG 1992)

Summary: The notions of masculinity and femininity, while common throughout the galaxy, are hardly universal to all species. The J’naii are an androgynous species of humanoids. Intelligent, tough, and capable of surprising feats of strength and scientific discovery, they have only a single gender, capable of reproduction with another individual - their ancestors once had two in the distant past, but evolved to lose those masculine and feminine traits eons ago. 

However, on occasion, members of the species will be born with a strong inclination towards one of the old genders - be it masculine or feminine. However, the J’naii themselves see gender roles and identity to be indicative of more primitive life-forms, and extremely insulting when applied to themselves. They are aggressively intolerant of these self-identifying male/female individuals, seeing them as deviants with a sickness to cure, and have a procedure to purge these urges from their psyche. Young J’naii who recognize these traits within themselves live in constant shame and fear of discovery, and seek out their gendered objects of desire, some in other humanoids. 

True Reflections - a short ST drabble

Several weeks ago, I had the idea for a Star Trek OC, a genderfluid J'naii [link for those interested]

not-the-hawkguys tasked me with writing a fic for them. And while it falls masivly short of the 10k word challenge, I think it makes a pretty decent character introduction.

For reference sake, the characters of Elnore Hawk is based on not-the-hawkguys, while Nelle (the central character) uses zie, zir, & zirself pronouns

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