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Moff Mors: The First Star Wars LGBT Character

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Writer Paul S. Kemp is making a Star Wars breakthrough with his inclusion of an LGBT character in "Lords of the Sith." This addition makes for the very first openly LGBT canon character in the Star Wars universe, and we are confident there will be more to come.

According to a report from Big Shiny Robot, the name of the character is Moff Mors, an Imperial who has managed to make some big mistakes. In spite of this, Moff — who identifies as lesbian — is regarded as a capable leader and is determined to prevent utter failure.

Nothing much is known about Moff at this point, but we can't wait to learn more about this character, who already comes off as complex and compelling.

Despite Moff Mors being the first official LGBT character in Star Wars, this isn't the first time these themes have been touched upon. In Star Wars: The Old Republic — the BioWare online roleplaying game — same-sex relationships were made possible, but only after public outcry at their exclusion. The novel "Legacy of the Force" included a gay Mandalorian couple, but the writing is so subtle, some readers didn't realize the married men were actually in a romantic relationship.

"This is certainly the first [LGBT] character in canon," says Lord of the Sith editor, Shelly Shapiro in a live podcast. "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."

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