The official "Star Wars" canon is set to introduce its very first LGBT character.
Writer Paul S. Kemp's new "Star Wars" novel, titled Lords of the Sith, will feature Moff Mors, described by Big Shiny Robot as "an Imperial who has made some very serious mistakes" who "also happens to be a lesbian."
Shelly Shapiro, editor of "Star Wars" books at Del Rey, pointed out in the Full of Sith podcast that although Moff Mors breaks fresh ground as a lesbian character, her inclusion felt "perfectly natural" as same-sex relationships in the canon are nothing new.
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"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."
She then added, "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."
Kemp confirmed the news on Twitter:
As Slashfilm pointed out, the gay characters Shapiro referred to were featured in Karen Travis’ Legacy of the Force novels, while another lesbian character appeared in the 2003 video game "Knights of the Old Republic," but none of these would be considered "Star Wars" canon.
The book is slated for release on April 25.