Meet the Logo30: Wilson Cruz

The self-described "actorvist" is known for his roles on "13 Reasons Why" and "Star Trek: Discovery."

Every day during the month of June, we will be spotlighting our 2018 Logo30. The powerful series profiles ordinary and extraordinary people who show pride in unique and provocative ways. Visit the Logo30 homepage to learn more about the series.

Wilson Cruz, a pioneering actor known for his game-changing role as Rickie Vasquez on My So-Called Life, and more recently, his characters in 13 Reasons Why and Star Trek: Discovery, is a proud Puerto Rican and advocate for LGBTQ visibility—especially LGBTQ youth of color. He’s quick to point out racism and how it impacts not only the LGBTQ community, but also the rest of the world.

Cruz’s aunt, Brenda Lee Márquez McCool, was one of the 49 victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting on June 12, 2016. The actor called the massacre “a direct attack” on LGTBQ Latinos who frequently attended the nightclub on Latin night to share their culture and be themselves.

Two decades into his career, Cruz continues to star in roles that open the door for LGBTQ visibility. Last year, Star Trek: Discovery made history for having the first openly gay relationship in the franchise’s history. On the series, Cruz’s character (Dr. Hugh Culber) is in a relationship with Lieutenant Paul Stamets (Anthony Rapp). And for the first time in the show’s 50-year history, two men shared a kiss.

“I hope in 50 years we are teaching the struggle for LGBTQ equality as an unreal moment in U.S. history, ” he tells NewNowNext. “I hope by then it’ll be ridiculous to people that we had to ask for our rights.”

Watch Logo’s full interview with Wilson below.

 

Lamar Dawson is a pop culture junkie and pop diva addict living in Manhattan. Follow him on everything @dirrtykingofpop.
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