Star Wars universe welcomes first lesbian character
With a universe as expansive as Star Wars, it comes as quite a shock that the first canon LGBT character will be introduced in an upcoming novel written by Paul S. Kemp entitled Lords of the Sith.
Star Wars has long had issues with diversity within their films and expanded universe, something many people have commented on through the years. However, the Star Wars universe will get just a bit more diverse with the inclusion of a lesbian character.
According to Big Shiny Robot the character will be an Imperial named Moff Mors. Moff is a rank within the Star Wars universe of great influence, being given to sector governor. A notable character with this rank within the film was Grand Moff Tarkin, who famously ordered the destruction of Princess Leia adopted homeworld Alderaan in A New Hope. Introducing an LGBT character into the canon in such an important role speaks volumes about Star Wars’ commitment to diversity in the future.
Big Shiny Robot describes the character as “an Imperial who has made some very serious mistakes,” who is still thought to be “an incredibly capable leader and spends much of the book working hard to prevent absolute failure.”The site closes up their description by noting, “[Moff Mors] also happens to be a lesbian.”
While this is the first time an LGBT character has been explored in an official capacity, there have been references to queer characters scattered throughout the expanded medium for years. The Knights of the Old Republic MMO even gave players the option to pursue same-sex romance, however the inclusion of an “all-gay” planet within the game attracted criticism.
Lords of the Sith editor Shelly Shapiro spoke about Moff Mors and the need for greater diversity within the Star Wars universe on the Full of Sith podcast.
“This is certainly the first [LGBT] character in canon,” Shapiro said. “But there was a gay Mandalorian couple, so it’s not brand new. It’s not something I really think about, it just makes sense. There’s a lot of diversity–there should be diversity in “Star Wars.” You have all these different species and it would be silly to not also recognize that there’s a lot of diversity in humans. If there’s any message at all, it’s simply that “Star Wars” is as diverse (or more so because they have alien species) as humanity is in real life and we don’t want to pretend it’s not. It just felt perfectly natural.”
While no LGBT characters have yet to appear to appear in the Star Wars films, The Force Awakens director JJ Abrams has already committed to a racially diverse cast, and it’s reasonable to assume that potential for an LGBT character is on the table.
In the meantime you can check out Moff Mors within the pages of Lords of the Sith which comes out on April 28th.
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