Star Wars

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Star Wars is a space opera franchise that includes films, television shows, novels, comics, and other types of media.

The Franchise

The main focus of the franchise is the three trilogies that make up the film portion:

Original trilogy

  1. IV – A New Hope (1977)
  2. V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
  3. VI – Return of the Jedi (1983)

Prequel trilogy

  1. I – The Phantom Menace (1999)
  2. II – Attack of the Clones (2002)
  3. III – Revenge of the Sith (2005)

Sequel trilogy

  1. VII – The Force Awakens (2015)
  2. VIII (2017)
  3. IX (2019)


  1. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) - prequel to A New Hope

There have also been a number of animated television programs, including, most recently, The Clone Wars (2008–14) and Rebels (2014–present), numerous novels and comics, and more.

LGBT Representation in Star Wars

To date, there have been no openly LGBT characters in the films. However, several of the novels include LGBT characters, including Lords of the Sith, by Paul Kemp, which included a lesbian character named Moff Delian Mors (the first openly LGBT character in the official Star Wars canon[1]) and Aftermath, by Chuck Wendig, which introduced the first gay hero (Sinjir Rath Velus) and also included a background lesbian couple[2].

Luke Skywalker's Sexuality

Actor Mark Hamill has repeatedly confirmed his opinion that the sexuality of Luke Skywalker, the protagonist of the original trilogy, should be open to interpretation.

For example, in a direct message to a fan on Twitter in January 2016, Hamill wrote:

His sexuality is never directly addressed in the films. Luke is whatever the audience wants him to be, so you can decide for yourself. All the best, mh[3]

In March 2016, Hamill elaborated:

I just read online that [J.J. Abrams, the writer of the Star Wars sequel trilogy] is very much open to that. In the old days you would get fan mail. But now fans are writing and ask all these questions, 'I'm bullied in school... I'm afraid to come out'. They say to me, 'Could Luke be gay?' I'd say it is meant to be interpreted by the viewer. If you think Luke is gay, of course he is. You should not be ashamed of it. Judge Luke by his character, not by who he loves.[4]

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Star Wars: The Force Awakens was a major step forward for diversity in the Star Wars universe, as it featured a female protagonist and a multiracial cast. Some fans have also speculated that it may have introduced the films' first queer character in the form of Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac).

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The Star Wars fandom has a long history of popular non-canon slash ships, including Han Solo/Luke Skywalker, Qui-Gon Jinn/Obi-Wan Kenobi, Obi-Wan Kenobi/Anakin Skywalker, and more.

The Star Wars: The Force Awakens fandom is dominated by the non-canon slash ships of Finn/Poe and Armitage Hux/Kylo Ren.

The early shipping buzz in the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story fandom has focused on the non-canon het ship of Cassian Andor/Jyn Erso and the non-canon slash ship of Chirrut Îmwe/Baze Malbus.

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