Lesbian character included in new Star Wars canon

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By Madari Pendas
Staff Writer

Writer of the “Star Wars” novels Peter S. Kemp has written Moff Mors, an imperial leader who happens to be a lesbian, into the upcoming novel “Lords of the Sith,” to be published April 28.

“Her orientation is a characteristic in the same way as is her brunette hair,” Kemp wrote on Twitter. “It just fits with my conception of her.”

The novel takes place after “Episode III: Revenge of the Sith,” but before the events of the original trilogy.

For now, Mors will only exist in the novels and comic books. There has been no official statement about whether she will be incorporated into the films. However, she would not be the first LGBTQ character in the “Star Wars” universe – not R2D2 and C-3PO, but a pair of married Mandalorian men, Medrit Vasur and Goran Vebiin. Although it is never explicitly stated in the “Star Wars” canon that they are gay, their relationship is tacitly understood.

“There should be diversity in ‘Star Wars,’ ” said Shelly Shapiro, the editor for the book. “ ‘Star Wars’ is as diverse … as humanity is in real life and we don’t want to pretend it’s not.”

The more common emergence of gay and bisexual characters in the mainstream media gives members of the LGBTQ community characters whom they can relate to, while normalizing and de-stigmatizing homosexuality – hopefully leading to the equal validation of straight and LGBTQ relationships.

If Mors were included in the films, she would be one of the first lesbian characters in a global film franchise. She wouldn’t be relegated to an art house film or cult television show, but rather an international viewership.

However, concerns arise when it is considered that Disney owns Lucasfilms. The conservative nature of Disney, along with its young demographic, may prevent any queer exploration or deviation from established normalcy – and though one can hope for Mors to be included in the films, it is doubtful that she will ever make it to the big screen.

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