March 11, 2015


'Star Wars' Adds LGBT Character, Makes Galaxy a Tiny Bit More Diverse

Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty images
Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty images

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…George Lucas created a world full of aliens, storm troopers and spaceships. Now the galaxy's getting some much-needed diversity in its sizable book branch, with an announcement that the upcoming novel Lords of the Sith, written by Paul S. Kemp, will include an LGBT Character named Moff Delian Mors.

In an interview with with NPR, the publisher Penguin Random House describes the character thusly: 

"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."

This year has seen some great leaps in the film version of the cult franchise as well, thanks to director J.J. Abrams. Scheduled for release on December 18, 2015, the trailer for The Force Awakens assured us that we’d find a plethora of diversity thanks to a wider casting net. You'll find a black storm trooper (in disguise?) played by actor John Boyega, a female lead in actress Lupita Nyong’o, and a Latino lead in Oscar Isaac, who plays X-wing pilot Poe Dameron.

And why not? It’s better late than never to include a wide range of humans in a galaxy that's already packed with every shape and size alien imaginable. Next time we visit the Mos Eisley Cantina, we'll be looking for a seat next to our gay besties.