New Star Wars Novel Shows How Movies Are Failing LGBTQ+ Representation

Star Wars has done a good job of representing LGBTQ+ people in their books, but the lack of such inclusion in their movies is becoming increasingly apparent.

The last star wars novel by EK Johnston, The Queen’s Hope, highlights how movies still have to come with executing positive LGBTQ+ representation. Beyond the movies star wars existed in various other forms of media long before Disney acquired Lucasfilm in 2012. With the company renaming these facilities as “Legends”, new books, comics, video games and shows have sprung up, becoming part of the official galaxy canon. from “far far away.” These pieces explored an entire cast of characters who identify with and express themselves in ways that are beginning to relate to the franchise’s diverse fan base.

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Johnston’s last novel, the aforementioned The Queen’s Hopeincludes Tepoh, a character who calls himself zhe/zher/zhem, and it’s not even the first time a character in a star wars novel went through these specific pronouns. Chuck Wendig’s Consequences: debt of life presents Eleodie Maracavanya, who also goes through zhe/zher/zhem. There are a plethora of other LGBTQ+ characters in the star wars universe as revealed in the books, comics, video games, and shows. While some of these characters can be seen in the movies and their backgrounds have simply been fleshed out in other forms of media, other LGBTQ+ characters have been introduced that have yet to be seen on the big screen. With the franchise’s first and only live gay kiss set in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalkerthe inclusion was welcome, but it was such a fleeting moment that it was easily removed from the cut that many international audiences saw.


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While writers like Johnston have done a great service by including characters like Tepoh in their books, star wars must integrate LGBTQ+ characters into their big-budget movies in a way that does justice to their identity in an effort to reach a wider audience. The extent of representation in other areas of the transmedia franchise shows that the film series fails where others star wars content is flourishing. By doing so, Disney can reaffirm its commitment to representing a more diverse demographic, regardless of the form of media. Disney has come a long way, but if they plan to follow other studios and use their position in a way that can positively impact society, they need to start thinking about how they represent the community. LGBTQ+ on the big screen.



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What made Johnston’s inclusion of LGBTQ+ characters so successful star wars books is the fact that she just normalizes it, as many other writers in the franchise do. It is sometimes believed that someone’s sexuality should be portrayed in an overtly sexual way, but this is not true. star wars includes characters of all shapes, sizes, and belief systems that people don’t pay much attention to, and so the franchise is in the perfect position to include LGBTQ+ characters on the big screen. Disney is a huge entertainment media company and they have a responsibility to the public to portray real people, shamelessly, on the big screen, not just in a book that unfortunately the average star wars movie buff might not read.


While star wars the books include characters who use neopronouns and have committed same-sex romantic relationships, The Rise of Skywalker half-heartedly trying a gay kiss only further exposed Disney’s lack of true commitment to LGBTQ+ representation. While The Rise of Skywalker ultimately failed in this attempt, other star wars the media are redoubling their efforts to include a diverse population in their storytelling. While it’s true that many countries won’t accept such diversity in their theaters, Disney needs to assess how powerful the message they can send by portraying LGBTQ+ people on screen is.


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