LGBTQ+ Characters
A Youtini Collection

Star Wars books you should read if you like
LGBTQ+ Characters

This is some text inside of a div block.
LGBTQ+ Characters
“If you think Luke is gay, of course he is.” - Mark Hamill
O

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.

This reading guide is
Coming Soon
Our team is hard at work building out this collection. Stay tuned!

Books in this Collection

The Youtini Collections team has hand-selected the books in this collection
No items found.
Canon
Canon
Adult Novel

Aftermath

Written by
Chuck Wendig
Artwork by

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.

Canon
Canon
Adult Novel

Aftermath: Life Debt

Written by
Chuck Wendig
Artwork by

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.

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.
Canon
Canon
Adult Novel

Alphabet Squadron

Written by
Alexander Freed
Artwork by
Very Good
8.1
8.1
8.1

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.

Very Good
8.1
8.1
8.1
Canon
Canon
Audio Drama

Doctor Aphra: An Audiobook Original

Written by
Sarah Kuhn
Artwork by
Part of the
Very Good
8.0
8.0
8.0
Since her introduction in Kieron Gillen's Darth Vader series from Marvel in 2015, Doctor Aphra caught fire in the fandom. With a morally grey rogue archeologist accompanied by murderous droids, what's not to love? Her story is filled with twists and turns, betrayal and romance, with more skin-of-your-teeth escapes than you ever thought possible, and now you can experience her introduction in a whole new way. Sarah Kuhn's adaptation of Aphra's arc in the Darth Vader comics smartly tells the story from her perspective, somehow recapping the 2015 comics without ever feeling like you were retreading old ground. This is one of the more unique, fun, and diverse stories in the galaxy.
Very Good
8.0
8.0
8.0
Canon
Canon
Graphic Novel

Lando: Trade Paperback

Written by
Charles Soule
Artwork by
Alex Maleev
Very Good
8.2
8.2
8.2
What have we here? From creators Charles Soule and Alex Maleev, Lando is a Marvel miniseries from 2015, set before The Empire Strikes Back. At the time, the only stories centered around Lando were the Neil L Smith books from the 80s, which were certainly some of the weirder SW books. This story is also the best Lobot story you didn’t know you needed. Soule wove together an incredible cast of both new and familiar characters. It’s at its core a heist story, but is also perfectly spooky. It’s got romance. It’s got rogues. It’s got betrayal. It’s got bounty hunters. It’s about smugglers and it’s also about Sith. It’ll surprise you, delight you, and break your heart.
Very Good
8.2
8.2
8.2
Canon
Canon
YA Novel

Queen's Shadow

Written by
E. K. Johnston
Artwork by
Part of the
"Queen" Trilogy

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.

Canon
Canon
Adult Novel

A New Dawn

Written by
John Jackson Miller
Artwork by

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.

Canon
Canon
Adult Novel

From A Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back

Written by
Various Authors
Artwork by
Very Good
8.5
8.5
8.5
The first iteration of this tubular collab was so well-received that readers were eagerly anticipating its sequel. The From a Certain Point of View series welcomes so many new authors to the Star Wars Expanded Universe in a way that allows them to extend their reach to other parts of the galaxy while also treating us with stories from well-known authors of the beloved franchise. To all of the new contributors making their debut in this book, we will be watching your career with great interest.
Very Good
8.5
8.5
8.5
Canon
Canon
YA Novel

Ahsoka

Written by
E.K. Johnston
Artwork by

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.

Canon
Canon
Adult Novel

Phasma

Written by
Delilah S. Dawson
Artwork by

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.

Canon
Canon
Adult Novel

Galaxy’s Edge: Black Spire

Written by
Delilah S. Dawson
Artwork by
After the Battle of Crait, General Organa's Resistance is decimated almost to the point of oblivion. But the fight is not over; they need allies and outposts. Leia sends her best spy, Vi Moradi, along with the newly reformed Archex to Black Spire Outpost where the pair will learn to deal with their past traumas, recruit an entirely new crew, and do their best to hide from the sinister First Order who has followed them all the way to Batuu.
Canon
Canon
YA Novel

The High Republic: Into the Dark

Written by
Claudia Gray
Artwork by
Giorgio Baroni
Very Good
8.9
8.9
8.9
Jedi Padawan Reath Silas isn’t sure if he’s ready for an adventure. Yet he finds himself boarding a small ship en-route to might-as-well-be-nowhere instead of remaining in the Jedi Archives where he feels most at home. Why? Because his Master said so. He has no other choice. But when the Great Disaster hits, Silas and his newfound companions find themselves on a much more dangerous journey. Dark side energy, questionable plants, and a galaxy thrust into unprecedented chaos await the crew of The Vessel at every turn ... and there's something even darker waiting to strike. Claudia Gray's first High Republic novel is not her first go at a Star Wars story, and it shows. Prepare to meet a cast of characters you'll never want to leave behind and dive into a story full of mystery, high-stakes action, and answers to questions about the Jedi and the Sith that will only leave you with -- you guessed it -- more questions.
Very Good
8.9
8.9
8.9
Canon
Canon
Adult Novel

Last Shot

Written by
Daniel José Older
Artwork by

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.

Legends
Legends
Adult Novel

Sacrifice

Written by
Karen Traviss
Artwork by
Very Good
8.6
8.6
8.6
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.
Very Good
8.6
8.6
8.6
Legends
Legends
Junior Reader

Jedi Quest #1: The Way of the Apprentice

Written by
Jude Watson
Artwork by
Part of Jude Watson’s massive series of Star Wars books published by Scholastic, the Way of the Apprentice begins a ten-book series about Obi-Wan Kenobi training Anakin Skywalker (Jedi Quest: Path to Truth is not a numbered entry in the series, it should probably be considered book 1). Although marketed for young readers, these easily digestible stories are certainly worth anyone’s time. Watson develops an assortment of side characters across her multiple series, the star of whom is Obi-Wan’s Jedi friend and rival, Siri Tachi. She also does a masterful job in creating unique planets, cultures, species, and plots in each book with an overarching villain making repeated appearances throughout. Although it would be helpful to read the Jedi Apprentice series before Jedi Quest, it isn’t necessary in order to dive into Jedi Quest. Audiobooks are available for the first four books in the series.
Canon
Canon
Graphic Novel

Doctor Aphra (2016) Vol. 1: Aphra (Trade Paperback)

Written by
Kieron Gillen
Artwork by
Kev Walker
Doctor Aphra made her big debut in the 2015 line of Darth Vader comics, but fans loved her so much that she earned her very own series.What’s not to love about this twisted spin on a classic crew? Chelli Lona Aphra is what everyone loves about Han Solo and then some. You never know what she’s going to pull out of her sleeve and she has a crew that’s just as lovable. Imagine the polar opposites of Chewie, Threepio, and Artoo times ten. You’ll never read anything else so different yet so Star Wars at the same time.
Report Error
Contact Us
Get Help
Help Center
Back
What is thy Bidding?
Report Error
Contact Us
There's a disturbance in the Force...
Noticed a bug or wish to report some inaccurate or missing information? Just fill out the form below!
Thank you! Your contribution is appreciated!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.
What is thy bidding?
Want to get in touch or have a question?Just fill out the form below! Or tweet at us!
Thank you! We will be in touch soon!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.