The Star Wars universe is a pretty diverse place, slug-like Hutts, to the furry Ewoks and the irritating Gungans.
However, next month it will make franchise’s history, by adding its first official queer character, thanks to the author Paul S Kemp, who is including a lesbian character in his forthcoming Star Wars novel, Lords of the Sith.
Not much is known about the new lady, named Moff Mors, except that she will be a mysterious Imperial character.
A description of the character by Big Shiny Robot says:
“Moff Mors is an Imperial who has made some very serious mistakes but she is an incredibly capable leader and spends much of the book working hard to prevent absolute failure. She also happens to be a lesbian.”
Shelly Shapiro, editor of the Star Wars books, said:
“This is certainly the first character in canon. 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.”
Harry Scoble, the Star Wars editor at Century in the UK, said that
“The Star Wars universe has always been incredibly diverse – just look at the number of sentient species that rub shoulders there. Alongside that should be an implicit assumption that sexuality there is diverse as well.
While Moff Mors is the first character in the canon to be explicitly mentioned as being LGBT, this isn’t meant to be a big statement, since there must definitely be others. In the end Star Wars should be as inclusive a world as we aspire to make our own.”
Lords of the Sith, published on 23 April, also sees Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader setting out to personally end a rebellion on the planet Ryloth.