In a galaxy far, far away the only gay characters you ever saw in Star Wars existed only in fanfiction.
With the release of the newest movie, Mark Hamill, bless him, has already said that people can think Luke is gay, because it’s never been stated one way or another. But many were hoping for more than just to use our imaginations. We’ve been doing that in fanfic for ages. Now, it has been confirmed that Star Wars will join the 21st century and have openly gay characters.
I’m thrilled that Star Wars is finally addressing the actual existence of gay people. So why am I not as hopeful as I can be?
Because while many franchises recognize the power of the fan who slashes their favorite characters (Supernatural even had an episode on it), normally, we’re only given crumbs. Sometimes, we’re openly mocked.
I don’t think a main character in Star Wars will be gay. The gay character will probably be a tangential player. We likely won’t see any actual romance between them and their partner.
It certainly won’t be a sweeping centerpiece epic (but wouldn’t that be awesome? Already I see a Jedi and Sith hopelessly in love and … THE ANGST). For example, when people thought Poe Dameron and Finn might be in love it was shot down real quick.
So while I’m glad that things are finally changing a little bit, I still think we will have to look to fanfic to see the epic, romantic stories we want. But maybe I’m wrong. What do you guys think?