First Official LGBT Character Added To The Star Wars Universe

The Star Wars universe is about to become a little bigger and a lot more diverse with the upcoming publication of the novel Lords of the Sith by author Paul S. Kemp. According to a report from the website Big Shiny Robot, the character is a driven, capable Imperial leader named Moff Mors who also happens to be a lesbian.

Shelly Shapiro, the editor of the book, talked about the character on the Full of Sith podcast, saying “This is certainly the first [LGBT] character in canon, but there was a gay Mandalorian couple, so it’s not brand new.” 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.” Shapiro feels that if there is any message behind the introduction of Moff Mors, it’s that Star Wars is a diverse universe and it would feel dishonest to act as if it wasn’t.

Moff Mors might be the first major, explicitly LGBT character in the Star Wars universe, but this is certainly not the first time that same sex relationships have been explored in other Star Wars stories. For instance, a gay Mandalorian couple is referred to in the Star Wars novel Legacy of the Force and the BioWare RPG Knights of the Old Republic had a lesbian party member named Juhani, although her sexuality was not a major element of the game. To learn more about the impact of diversity in video games and science fiction and fantasy more broadly, you may want to read A Character Like Me, an opinion piece written for Polygon by David Gaider.

 

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