Published March 10, 2015
Star Wars will officially have its first LGBT character in the newest novel “Lords of the Sith,” scheduled for release April 28.
Moff Mors, described as an “incredibly capable” Imperial leader who spends much of the book working to prevent “absolute failure,” will be the series’ first lesbian character.
“This is certainly the first character in canon,” Star Wars editor Shelly 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.”
In Karen Traviss’ Legacy of the Force Books, two male Mandalorians were married. However, no openly gay characters appear in the movies and the words “homosexual,” “lesbian,” and “gay” were censored on the game in 2009 because officials said “these are terms that do not exist in Star Wars.”
Now, though, Shapiro says this isn’t the case.
There’s a lot of diversity – there should be diversity in Star Wars,” she said. “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.”
“Lords of the Sith” will be available April 28.