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A Queer History of Star Wars




Transcript


Have you heard about the pansexual Star Wars character?


What about the lesbian Jedi?


It’s Star Wars Day, so I’m going to tell you about some of the LGBTQ characters in the Star Wars universe.


Ok, over to a galaxy far, far away.


The smuggler turned leader, Lando Calrissian is pansexual, which was confirmed by the writers of SOLO in 2018.


Then there’s the Jedi Knight Juhani, who was the first lesbian character ever written for the Star Wars Universe.


And then there’s Boba Fett’s mandalorian mates Goran Beviin and Medrit Vasur who are in a same sex marriage!


But moving through the later franchise installments, fans have been left disappointed.


Like with this same-sex kiss of two background characters in JJ Abraham’s The Rise of Skywalker. (put pic of lesbian kiss) This was slammed by some fans as less than bare minimum representation, as these characters didn’t even get a storyline. And finally, in some classic Disney queerbaiting there’s Finn and Poe, who fans desperately wanted to see together, and even the actors themselves wanted these two to be an item.


But we did get this...hug.


May the Fourth be with you!



Sources

https://io9.gizmodo.com/star-wars-not-so-brief-history-of-fleeting-lgbtq-repre-1843880444

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/star-wars-rise-skywalker-features-franchise-s-first-same-sex-kiss-1263256

https://www.vox.com/2018/5/29/17365958/lando-pansexual-controversy-star-wars-slash-fic-history

https://www.pride.com/starwars/2020/5/04/5-queer-things-you-didnt-know-about-star-wars

https://www.pride.com/geek/2015/10/19/6-new-star-wars-characters-who-are-out-and-proud

https://www.karentraviss.com/page22/files/Is_it_true_that_some_of_the_Man.html



Images







Image Credit:

Image 1: Lesbian Kiss, The Rise of Skywalker, Disney Studios

Image 2: Juhani, https://starwars.fandom.com/

Image 3: Landonis Balthazar "Lando" Calrissian, Lucasfilm

Image 4: Poe and Finn hug, The Force Awakens, Disney Studios