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J.J. Abrams Says There Will Be Gay Characters In Star Wars

Keep your fanfiction to yourself, tho.

Look, I can admit when I'm wrong. Only a few short months ago I was denying the possibility of LGBT people making appearances in the Star Wars universe due to my cynical assumptions about Disney's marketing strategies. Turns out, J.J. Abrams is a pretty big proponent of diversity in more ways than I could have expected: he plans on introducing some queers to the galaxy far far away, ASAP!

Many people applauded the decision to cast a black man and a woman as the leads in the franchise's reboot (unsurprisingly, some idiots boycotted), but Abrams isn't stopping there: “When I talk about inclusivity it’s not excluding gay characters. It’s about inclusivity," he said last Thursday night while he hosted the US-Ireland Alliance’s annual Oscar Wilde Awards.

“I would love it,” he added. “To me, the fun of Star Wars is the glory of possibility. So it seems insanely narrow-minded and counterintuitive to say that there wouldn’t be a homosexual character in that world.”

Despite the lack of diversity on display at last night's Oscars, for which Star Wars garnered a handful of nominations, Abrams expressed optimism about the future of Hollywood and the growth of opportunities for minorities: “It’s in private meetings, it’s in private phone calls, it’s in interviews,” he said. “I know that this will happen. I know it will. Not just on camera but behind the camera.” 

Only a handful of LGBT characters have ever appeared in the franchise's expansive history. From i09: "Homosexual characters have already been featured in the Star Wars universe; through Paul Kemp’s novel Lords of the Sith in the form of Moff Delian Mors, and in Chuck Wendig’s novel Aftermath through Sinjir Rath Velus and Esmelle Wexley."

With the 8th film in the Star Wars series still in the relatively early stages of production, it's impossible to know in what capacity we'll start seeing gays or if any will appear as main characters.

That being said, y'all can keep your Finn and Poe fanfiction. Y'all's is thirsty.

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