These LGBTQ Star Wars Characters Are Celebrating Pride Month in a Galaxy Far Far Away
For Pride Month, let’s take a look at some of our favorite LBGT characters and their importance in the big, diverse galaxy far far away.
Star Wars takes place in a very big galaxy with a hugely diverse population. And part of that diversity can be exemplified by all of the LGBT characters introduced in recent years. Let’s take a look at our favorite character who happen to be celebrating Pride Month, and why they’re important to the galaxy.
This year’s new series, Andor introduced a whole bunch of new characters, including Cinta and Vel. Working together for a secret, early version of the Rebellion, they two are verified to be in a relationship, even if often their job comes first. Later in the season, Vel is revealed to be a cousin of Mon Mothma. And while we don’t know much about Cinta outside of her anti-Empire work it’s strongly implied that she had a much less glamorous upbringing.
Chaotic and morally ambiguous, Chelli Aphra is a human archaeologist with two murder droids for companions. She’s worked for Darth Vader (it didn’t go great) and against Darth Vader (also didn’t go great), but mostly she’s working for herself. Her romantic relationship with Magna Tolvan is a bit complicated and started out with one of those enemies-to-lovers tropes. But these are characters who have relationships with just about everyone they meet. In the end, their dynamic is strangely sweet and easy to root for.
Rae Sloane is one of those terrifyingly compliant antagonists who you hope your favorite characters are never on the wrong side of. Unfortunately for Kanan Jarrus and Wedge Antilles, there is an entire book where the two of them are faced off against Sloane. She quickly climbs the Imperial ranks up to Grand Admiral and is eventually very formative to a young Armitage Hux’s childhood and upbringing. She is also revealed to be bisexual in a blink-and-you’ll-miss it quick line in the Aftermath Trilogy that was later confirmed by author Chuck Wendig.
This was a new addition to an established character, lore-wise, but during production of Solo: A Star Wars Story co-writer Jonathan Kasden confirmed that this old smoothie is pansexual. Between running gambling, smuggling, Baron Administrating Cloud City, and working for the Rebel Alliance, we didn’t get to see much of Lando’s potential love life on screen. If we ever do though, the casting and writing possibilities will be nearly endless.
Terec and Ceret
Ceret and Terec are trans and non-binary Kotabi bond-twins who made their first appearances in the recent The High Republic comics. They share a gestalt mind and often finish the other’s sentences or even feel each other’s pain, even if they aren’t within close proximity to each other. As members of the Jedi Order they joined Master Sskeer and Knight Seeve Trennis in investigating the distress signal from the Starlight Beacon Space Station.
Also appearing in the Aftermath books, Sinjur is a former loyalty officer for the Galactic Empire. He abandoned his post almost immediately after the Battle of Endor and has been unpacking a fair amount of guilt and trauma ever since. Sinjur eventually joins the New Republic and Nora Wexley’s team, even finding himself doing a job or two for Princess Leia. He’s known to be a relatively private and closed-off character, but he forms a romantic relationship with republic slicer Conder Kyl.
Do you have a favorite LGBTQ Star Wars character who we didn’t mention? Were you surprised to learn that any of these characters are on the list? How do you think your favorite LGBTQ Star Wars character would celebrate Pride Month, if at all? Let us know in the comments!
May the Force be with you, adventurers!