“Star Wars” Novels Add THREE New LGBT Characters

The novel will also explore the question of what life is like for gay men and women in the Empire.
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The galaxy far, far away is set to get a bit more gay with the addition of the three new LGBT character within the Star Wars universe.

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Last April saw the introduction of the franchise’s first-ever LGBT character, Moff Delian Mors, a lesbian Imperial officer who feels adrift after her wife is killed in an accident.

But it’s the new novel Star Wars: Aftermath, which introduces the first major LGBT hero within the Star Wars universe, the Imperial turncoat Sinjir Rath Velus.

Sinjir is describes as an AWOL Imperial loyalty officer who now finds himself siding with the forces of the Rebellion after witnessing the horror of battle on Endor.

In addition to Sinjir, the novel will introduce Esmelle, the older sister of Rebel fighter Norra Wexley (one of the main characters in Aftermath), who, along with her wife, Shirene, agrees watch over Norra’s son while she is off fighting.

The novel will also explore the question of what life is like for gay men and women in the Empire.

“Comics are just starting to figure out that that [LGBT men and women] exist in the world, and you can include and incorporate them in stories and speak to those people, and speak to audiences who may not have been spoken to before,” says Aftermath author Chuck Wendig.

Hear even more from Wendig by checking out his full interview with EW here.