Star Trek’s Dr. Pulaski and Trans Rights

Adam J. Blust
Words Mean Things
Published in
4 min readAug 17, 2023

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Dr. Katherine Pulaski | Photo: Paramount

A lot of Star Trek fans hate Dr. Katherine Pulaski.

That’s understandable. She replaced the already beloved Dr. Beverly Crusher after Star Trek: The Next Generation’s first season.

Not only that, but she was styled as a new version of Bones McCoy, an acerbic gruff presence about as far from Dr. Crusher as possible.

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Adam J. Blust
Words Mean Things

Writing memoir and memoir-adjacent stories. Hoping that exploring the past will illuminate the future. “How’s that working out for you, being clever?”