“If you think Luke is gay, of course he is.” - Mark Hamill
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:
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
What many still don't know about the Empire is that it did not instantly crumble with the destruction of the second Death Star. For a long time, those who remained loyal to the Emperor held on, refusing to surrender and accept defeat. In the aftermath of the Battle of Endor, there is still a war to be won. And it's not just up to the high-profile heroes we know and love to get the job done.
Follow an unlikely team of rebel heroes, from old heroes like Wedge Antilles to new ones like Temmin Wexley, as they struggle against what remains of Palpatine's forces and try to save the galaxy from coming undone again.
Aftermath: Life Debt
While the Emperor and Vader have been defeated, Imperial strongholds still prevail throughout the galaxy. One such stronghold is none other than Chewie’s homeworld of Kashyyyk, which has been transformed by the Empire into a world-wide labor camp. After a failed attempt to free the Wookies from slavery, Chewbacca is imprisoned in Ashmead’s Lock. Han Solo, Norra Wexley, and a handful of other rebels must undertake the mission to free not only Chewbacca, but all of Kashyyyk.
Chuck Wendig continues the post-ROTJ storyline with this, the thrilling middle chapter of his Aftermath trilogy. The book also stars fan favorite characters, including Wedge Antilles, Han Solo, and Chewbacca.
Aftermath: Empire's End
The Emperor is dead. But the Empire is still clinging to what remains of its resources to survive. It’s up to a mismatched team of pilots to finish chipping away at what remains of one of the worst threats the recent galaxy has ever known.
If you’re a fan of the X-Wing books on the legends timeline, you will love the debut novel in this trilogy set just after the events of Return of the Jedi. With so little known about the events leading up to The Force Awakens, this is the perfect book to introduce you to the Galactic Empire’s final end.
Doctor Aphra: An Audiobook Original
Lando: Trade Paperback
What does one do after ruling an entire planet? For Padmé Amidala, that answer came easily: move on to even bigger things. However, transitioning from the throne on Naboo to a seat in the Galactic Senate is not without challenges, especially at such a young age. Uneasy alliances, ruthless media, and hidden agendas not only leave her wondering how she can possibly hope to instate positive change in the galaxy, but also how she can survive long enough to do it.
EK Johnston’s story bridges the gap between the Padmé fans see in The Phantom Menace and the one they see in Attack of the Clones. It largely expounds upon Naboo culture, including the fashion, government, and the role of the handmaidens.
A New Dawn
Star Wars Rebels tugged on the heartstrings of countless fans, and this story is where it all began. Taking place before the beloved show, A New Dawn shows us how Kanan and Hera were destined to cross paths and fight together in the Galactic Civil War.
Being the first novel released in the new Canon era of Star Wars books, John Jackson Miller leaves a lasting first impression on what’s to come.
From A Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back
After the events of Order 66, survivors of the Jedi Purge must navigate the galaxy undetected. It's been a year since Ahsoka Tano watched the Galactic Republic fall, and she's leaving yet another planet to dodge Imperial suspicion and start over. Again. Something strange is happening, however, and she can't help but let her curiosity get her into serious trouble.
E.K. Johnston's young adult novel builds an important bridge between the Ahsoka we knew from The Clone Wars and the Fulcrum we meet in Star Wars Rebels. It's in this story that our hero must come to terms with her past and discover the role she is meant to play in her darkened galaxy's future.
The Force Awakens introduced Star Wars fans to a new kind of villain -- a female stormstrooper commanding her troops behind reflective chrome armor. Through the end of the film, Captain Phasma remained mostly a mystery. Who was she? Where did she come from? And why did she look different than all the other stormtroopers?
Delilah S. Dawson managed to answer all of our burning questions about this antagonist in her adult novel, Phasma. Throughout the book, readers learn the ruthless extremes the character takes in order to survive, and how she finds herself among the high ranks of the First Order, despite never having heard of them before.
Galaxy’s Edge: Black Spire
The High Republic: Into the Dark
When a common foe from Han and Lando's past shows up on the latter's doorstep, the recent hero of the Rebellion and new father to Ben Solo must rush off once more to save both his friend and possibly, the entire galaxy.
Last Shot uniquely employs a number of different eras throughout the novel, and while jumping between time periods, we get to experience Han, Lando, L3-37 and more at various points in time, allowing us to witness the maturation and evolution of our favorite characters right before our eyes.
With a host of new characters right alongside the classics, including a villain that can't help but terrify all those who encounter him, Last Shot is an essential addition to the Han Solo story.