‘Star Wars’ Will Introduce Its First LGBT Character
Star Wars is getting a little more progressive, as the series will introduce its first official LGBT character to the canon.
The new book, Star Wars: Lords of the Sith by Paul S. Kemp, will introduce a new female character named Delian Mors, an Imperial officer who is reeling from the death of her wife. Of course, this wouldn’t be the first time the series has dabbled in same-sex relations, since previous expanded universe stories and videogames have implied the existence of same sex relationships. But this will be the first time it’s been admitted into the official Star Wars canon.
The character description from NPR:
“Moff Delian Mors is a supporting character in Star Wars: Lords of the Sith. She was a promising officer of the Empire, who was assigned to an undesirable post at the far end of the galaxy. At nearly the same point in her life, her wife was killed in a transport accident, and the weight of these burdens led to Delian becoming lax in her duties, and left her personal life in disarray. The events of Star Wars: Lords of the Sith occur a few years after her loss.”
But if this seems like an opportunistic development meant to capitalize on current events, I wouldn’t be too sure. Editor Shelly Shapiro went into further detail about the thought process behind the character’s creation during her appearance on the Full of Sith Podcast:
“It’s not something I really think about, it just makes sense. 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.”
Overall, this is a pretty interesting move for the Star Wars Expanded Universe, less for the headline-grabbing nature of the new character, and more for the narrative interest she presents. Delian Mors seems like an intriguing character who’s more than just a tragic backstory. I was already excited about the new Expanded Universe (although I’m still sad to see the old EU erased from the continuity. Heir to the Empire is still one of my favorite novels ever. The Thrawn Trilogy was badass). But I’m even more eager to dig into the new books now, since it seems they’re serious about building a new canon of EU material that will fit directly into the new movies. It feels like the Star Wars Universe is united on all fronts, from literature and video games to the films themselves. It’s practically Marvel-esque at this point, and that’s pretty damn cool.