Deep Space Nine Documentary Confirms Garak Is Gay

On Monday night, the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine documentary What We Left Behind premiered in theaters across the country for one night only.

Comicbook.com points out that the documentary confirms a long-held fan theory that the “humble tailor” Garak was gay. Comicbook.com interviewed showrunner Ira Steven Behr last week, before the film came out, and the topic of Garak’s sexuality came up. Behr said at the time: “I wish we could have done a little bit more with the Garak character [...] I talk about it in the doc. I mean, he was clearly gay or queer or however you want to say it. I think I would have loved to have taken that and see where that went and how that affected his relationship with Bashir.”

In the documentary itself, Andrew Robinson, the actor who portrayed Garak, was asked about his character’s relationship with Doctor Bashir. In the show, Garak took an early interest in the doctor and the interplay between the two characters was a continuing arc throughout the series. Of their relationship, Robinson said: “At first, [Garak] just wanted to have sex with him. [...] That’s absolutely clear.”

The Deep Space Nine documentary What We Left Behind is out on home video on August 6th, and is available for pre-order now at ds9documentary.com.

Alison Pitt