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Does ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Feature the Franchise’s First Openly LGBT Character?

By Abi Travis

The newest Star Wars films have done a lot to improve representation on-screen. We've finally seen a black lead character in John Boyega's portrayal of Finn. We've got a female Stormtrooper in Captain Phasma who battles assumptions that all Stormtroopers are men (an assumption we didn't even realize we had until we saw Gwendoline Christie totally kill it in Force Awakens). Thanks to Kelly Marie Tran, we've finally seen an Asian-American woman with a lead role in a Star Wars film! Between Rogue One and The Last Jedi, we've seen more badass female pilots and fighters than we could have even hoped for.

However, we haven't seen any Star Wars characters who are also members of the LGBTQ+ community.

OR HAVE WE?! A Star Wars novel published earlier this year heavily implies that one of the characters in The Last Jedi is queer. But who?

(Note: this article contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi.)


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