The new Star Wars novel, “Lords of the Sith,” by writer Paul S. Kemp will be released on April 28th. The book will introduce the first LGBT character, which will be part of the official canon.
According to Big Shiny Robot, the character Moff Mors is an Imperial who has made some very serious mistakes but she is an incredibly capable leader and spends much of the book working hard to prevent absolute failure. She also happens to be a lesbian.
Editor of “Star Wars” books at Del Rey, Shelly Shapiro commented on this topic for the Full of Sith podcast. She explained that it wasn’t necessarily about making a statement, but simply reflecting the diversity of the universe.
“There should be diversity in ‘Star Wars.'”
“This is certainly the first character in canon,” Shapiro says. “But there was a gay Mandalorian couple, so it’s not brand new. It’s not something I really think about, it just makes sense. There’s a lot of diversity–there should be diversity in “Star Wars.” You have all these different species and it would be silly to not also recognize that there’s a lot of diversity in humans. If there’s any message at all, it’s simply that “Star Wars” is as diverse (or more so because they have alien species) as humanity is in real life and we don’t want to pretend it’s not. It just felt perfectly natural.”
Author Paul S. Kemp was like-minded with his response. He went on to say that the Moff Mors character was more interesting this way and it certainly added a rich diversity to the book. It was intended to be inclusive, but not a statement.
As part of the Star Wars universe, adding diversity to different major and supporting characters can open alternative avenues for storylines, and bring a different point of view to any scenario.
“Lords of the Sith” was written by Paul S. Kemp and will be available on April 28th.