LGBTQ+ Characters
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LGBTQ+ Characters

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LGBTQ+ Characters
“If you think Luke is gay, of course he is.” - Mark Hamill
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ur identity is the most personal thing we own. We carry it around everywhere we go. It’s what we use to cast our mark on the world. It’s how our family and friends perceive us. If we don’t know who we are, or if we’re not confident in who we are, then how can we possibly live to the fullest? Acceptance of who we are, whether it be from ourselves or those around us, is key to making a lasting impact on the universe.

No matter who you are or who you choose to be, you deserve to be seen. You deserve to be heard. You deserve acceptance. You are not alone.

We’ll say it now and we’ll say it until the end of time:

REPRESENTATION MATTERS.

The LGBTQ+ community gains more recognition with each passing day because there are those who will stand up in the name of equality. You will find supporters throughout all of Youtini and even among the roster of Star Wars authors such as E.K. Johnston, Delilah S. Dawson, Sarah Kuhn, and countless others. These authors acknowledge these wonderful traits and create characters to represent fans who identify with them.

Some of the most courageous and daring characters in Star Wars literature express various sexualities. Because these characters have taken on the galaxy and conquered near-impossible feats, many readers among the LGBTQ+ community find inspiration in these incredible individuals. Fans of these characters are encouraged to be the best that they can be despite any odds that may be stacked against them, and that feeling is more valuable than any amount of credits.

The very first openly gay couple in Star Wars literature can be found in Legacy of the Force: Sacrifice by Karen Traviss between Goran Beviin and Medrit Vasur. That significant step allowed representation to expand into the current Canon timeline with the first queer, lesbian character being Moff Delian Mors from Lords of the Sith and the first gay couple being Sinjir Velus and Conder Kyl from the Aftermath trilogy.

There’s so much more to be found in the hundreds of Star Wars books out there, and the sheer variety has us cheering like there’s no tomorrow. Bisexuality is explored in characters like Yrica Quell, Sana Starros, Kaeden Larte, and Rae Sloane. We have seen asexual characters like Vi Moradi and Leox Gyasi, trans and non-binary characters like Terec and Ceret, and even a genderqueer character like Eleodie who uses the pronouns zhe/zhem/zher. Did you know that Lando, the old smoothie fans have loved since the beginning, was identified as pansexual in his self-titled comic series? Speaking of which, Doctor Aphra is a dominant figure in Star Wars comics who is often seen in relationships with other women.

It’s only a matter of time before we start seeing more representation in visual media like films and shows, a couple examples being the lesbian pair during the celebration scene in The Rise of Skywalker and the gay aquisition suppliers in Resistance. These are only the first steps to having variety in sexual preference becoming the norm.

Romance has been an integral element in the Star Wars saga since the very beginning. The power of love always reigns supreme, so why not show all of the ways that we can love? It’s a beautiful thing that comes in so many shapes and forms and it’s time we proudly celebrate it all.

Those in the LGBTQ+ community may face their fair share of villains who will try to bring them down. But just like the Rebellion and the Resistance, there are many of us who will stand and fight in the name of love. We will power through the odds and nurture a better world together. For every new queer character introduced, we will celebrate our victory.

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Books in this Collection

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Legends
Legends
Adult Novel

Sacrifice

Written by
Karen Traviss
Artwork by
In order for Jacen Solo to complete his transformation into a Sith Lord, he must make a drastic sacrifice. His former Jedi Master, Mara Jade Skywalker, investigates his turn to the dark side. Jacen continues his negative influence over Ben Skywalker by tasking him with an assassination. Karen Traviss picks up plot threads from her Republic Commando series by sending Boba Fett on a quest for a cure for complications with his compromised clone body. He teams up with Null ARC Jaing Skirata and Darman's son Venku.

Civil war rages as the Galactic Alliance–led by Cal Omas and the Jedi forces of Luke Skywalker–battles a confederation of breakaway planets that rally to the side of rebellious Corellia. Suspected of involvement in an assassination plot against Queen Mother Tenel Ka of the Hapes Consortium, Han and Leia Solo are on the run, hunted by none other than their own son, Jacen, whose increasingly authoritarian tactics as head of GA security have led Luke and Mara Skywalker to fear that their nephew may be treading perilously close to the dark side.

But as his family sees in Jacen the chilling legacy of his Sith grandfather, Darth Vader, many of the frontline troops adore him, and countless citizens see him as a savior. The galaxy has been torn apart by too many wars. All Jacen wants is safety and stability for all–and he’s prepared to do whatever it takes to achieve that goal.

To end the bloodshed and suffering, what sacrifice would be too great? That is the question tormenting Jacen. Already he has sacrificed much, embracing the pitiless teachings of Lumiya, the Dark Lady of the Sith, who has taught him that a strong will and noble purpose can hold the evil excesses of the dark side at bay, bringing peace and order to the galaxy–but at a price.

For there is one final test that Jacen must pass before he can gain the awesome power of a true Sith Lord: He must bring about the death of someone he values dearly. What troubles Jacen isn’t whether he has the strength to commit murder. He has steeled himself for that, and worse if necessary. No, the question that troubles Jacen is who the sacrifice should be. As the strands of destiny draw ever more tightly together in a galaxy-spanning web, the shocking answer will shatter two families . . . and cast a grim shadow over the future.
Canon
Canon
Adult Novel

Lords of the Sith

Written by
Paul S. Kemp
Artwork by

The most iconic Sith duo is that of Darth Sidious and Darth Vader. When it comes to the films, the immense power of their strengths combined remains to be seen. Lords of the Sith offers the display of unrivaled power that we deserve, and Paul S. Kemp delivers those brutal moments in vivid detail.

The magnitude of chaos and destruction unleashed by the Sith Lords is emphasized alongside the sheer terror and hopelessness of the rebels attempting to fight against them. Their despair is even more apparent through the eyes of Cham Syndulla, Hera Syndulla’s father and rebel leader of Ryloth, showing that even the most courageous minds are no match for the dark side.

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. . . .

When the Emperor and his notorious apprentice, Darth Vader, find themselves stranded in the middle of insurgent action on an inhospitable planet, they must rely on each other, the Force, and their own ruthlessness to prevail.

“It appears things are as you suspected, Lord Vader. We are indeed hunted.”

Anakin Skywalker, Jedi Knight, is just a memory. Darth Vader, newly anointed Sith Lord, is ascendant. The Emperor’s chosen apprentice has swiftly proven his loyalty to the dark side. Still, the history of the Sith Order is one of duplicity, betrayal, and acolytes violently usurping their Masters—and the truest measure of Vader’s allegiance has yet to be taken. Until now.

On Ryloth, a planet crucial to the growing Empire as a source of slave labor and the narcotic known as “spice,” an aggressive resistance movement has arisen, led by Cham Syndulla, an idealistic freedom fighter, and Isval, a vengeful former slave. But Emperor Palpatine means to control the embattled world and its precious resources—by political power or firepower—and he will be neither intimidated nor denied. Accompanied by his merciless disciple, Darth Vader, he sets out on a rare personal mission to ensure his will is done.

For Syndulla and Isval, it’s the opportunity to strike at the very heart of the ruthless dictatorship sweeping the galaxy. And for the Emperor and Darth Vader, Ryloth becomes more than just a matter of putting down an insurrection: When an ambush sends them crashing to the planet’s surface, where inhospitable terrain and an army of resistance fighters await them, they will find their relationship tested as never before. With only their lightsabers, the dark side of the Force, and each other to depend on, the two Sith must decide if the brutal bond they share will make them victorious allies or lethal adversaries.

Canon
Canon
Adult Novel

Aftermath: Empire's End

Written by
Chuck Wendig
Artwork by
In this, the final volume of Chuck Wendig’s Aftermath trilogy, we find the epic conclusion to the journey of Nora, Temmin, Mr. Bones, Jas, Jom, and Sinjir, in the events following the destruction of the second Death Star. The book focuses on the Battle of Jakku one year after Return of the Jedi. It deals with the master plan of Gallius Rax, the trilogy’s mysterious villain, and the future of the galaxy. This book also tells the story of the birth of Ben Solo and the early days of Han and Leia’s family. Wendig weaves a complex plot to its culmination through a diverse cast of compelling and mostly original characters.

As the final showdown between the New Republic and the Empire draws near, all eyes turn to a once-isolated planet: Jakku.

The Battle of Endor shattered the Empire, scattering its remaining forces across the galaxy. But the months following the Rebellion's victory have not been easy. The fledgling New Republic has suffered a devastating attack from the Imperial remnant, forcing the new democracy to escalate their hunt for the hidden enemy.

For her role in the deadly ambush, Grand Admiral Rae Sloane is the most wanted Imperial war criminal—and one-time rebel pilot Norra Wexley, back in service at Leia's urgent request, is leading the hunt. But more than just loyalty to the New Republic drives Norra forward: Her husband was turned into a murderous pawn in Sloane's assassination plot, and now she wants vengeance as much as justice.

But Sloane, too, is on a furious quest: pursuing the treacherous Gallius Rax to the barren planet Jakku. As the true mastermind behind the Empire's devastating attack, Rax has led the Empire to its defining moment. The cunning strategist has gathered the powerful remnants of the Empire's war machine, preparing to execute the late Emperor Palpatine's final plan. As the Imperial fleet orbits Jakku, an armada of Republic fighters closes in to finish what began at Endor. Norra and her crew soar into the heart of an apocalyptic clash that will leave land and sky alike scorched. And the future of the galaxy will finally be decided.

Canon
Canon
Adult Novel

Resistance Reborn

Written by
Rebecca Roanhorse
Artwork by

Resistance Reborn is a striking initial entry from author Rebecca Roanhorse that is a crucial prequel to Episode IX and a beautiful love letter to the Canon. Featuring the main protagonists from the Sequel Trilogy alongside some of our favorites from the latest books and comics, Roanhorse follows the broken Resistance as they attempt to regroup after their decimation during the Battle of Crait.

General Leia Organa knows that the Resistance needs leaders and strategists if they have any chance of winning the war, and it's time for everyone to call in some favors. Leia enlists the help of allies new and old from every corner of the Star Wars Canon in an attempt to create the fearsome fighting force that will finally burn the First Order down.

In this Journey to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker novel, Poe Dameron, General Leia Organa, Rey, and Finn must struggle to rebuild the Resistance after their defeat at the hands of the First Order in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.