It’s subtle, but if you look past the light sabers and space fights, you might start to notice that the long-ago, far-away galaxy is pretty queer.
Even JJ Abrams, who directed the more recent movies, said, “It seems insanely narrow-minded and counterintuitive to say that there wouldn’t be a homosexual character in that world.”
The Star Wars universe is a big place, so it’s only natural that it will have some LGBTQ characters in it (even if it’s not overt). Here are just a few of them.
Note: for the purposes of this article, we’re sticking to characters from the movies.
1. Luke Skywalker: Bisexual Space Wizard
The Jedi are expected to remain celibate, but they do occasionally have romantic interests (like Anakin Skywalker, whose doofy heterosexual relationship doomed the galaxy). We know Luke likes the girls (including, uh, his sister), but it turns out his lightsaber might swing both ways.
When a fan wrote to Mark Hamill to ask him if Luke was bisexual, the actor replied, “Luke is whatever the audience wants him to be, so you can decide for yourself.”
So effectively Mark Hamill confirmed that all of your slash fiction is canon.
2. Jabba the Hutt: Intersex Crime Lord
In many of their portrayals throughout the Star Wars universe, the Hutt race is entirely intersex. So in addition to flouting the law and society’s restrictive beauty standards, Jabba also crushes the gender binary. Good for him! Too bad he’s evil.
3. Rey: Space Ace
Maybe it’s just George Lucas’s inability to portray human sexuality, but Rey from the new trilogy seems pretty asexual.
We know she’s busy surviving at all, but come on: she’s surrounded by gorgeous resistance fighters and she’d rather play with a little spherical droid. She’s the space opera equivalent of a cat lady, and we love her for it.
4 and 5. Poe Dameron and Finn: the Best Couple Ever
Poe and Finn are clearly a couple. Clearly.
No one says it out loud, but that sensuous lip bite and smoky glance Poe gives Finn when they reunite speaks volumes.
Plus, they share clothing. Straight guys might lend each other a jacket every now and then, but not their entire outfit.
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6 and 7. Chirrut and Baze: Interfaith Husbands
Chirrut Imwe and Baze Malbus are a Force-aligned monk and his personal protector who appear in Rogue One. Wookieepedia describes them as “lifelong friends,” but one writer from Vulture suggests there’s more going on:
Whenever Chirrut launches into a spiel about the Force, a bemused Baze treats him like a spouse telling the umpteenth iteration of a well-worn anecdote.
I enjoyed their old-married-couple vibe, though I didn’t think much of it until a sweet little moment where Baze tells Chirrut that he doesn’t need the Force if he’s got him — something that a protective friend might say to his peer, of course, but also the kind of sentiment you’d end an interstellar Valentine’s Day note with.
Plus, the pair follow the standard (begin spoiler) “queer couples must come to a tragic end” (end spoiler) trope, so there’s that.
8. C-3PO: Golden Gay Protocol Droid
There is absolutely no way to write this list without talking about C-3PO. The character’s portrayal runs stereotypical much of the time (he’s fussy and effeminate and talks like a Morrissey song lyric), but hey the movies were made in the ‘70s. Plus, he probably has whatever the robot equivalent of PTSD is from being disassembled so many times.
9. R2D2: Pansexual, Agender
That little rolling trash can-shaped droid R2D2 is quietly the queerest character in the Star Wars universe. He hits all the boxes: more or less agender, he whips that data probe out at every opportunity, and usually saves the galaxy as a result.