Here's the first canonical LGBT Star Wars character

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Mar 9, 2015, 3:50 PM EDT

According to Big Shiny Robot, the first canonical LGBT character in the Star Wars universe will appear not in a movie, but in an upcoming Star Wars novel. Written by author Paul S. Kemp, Lords of the Sith will introduce Moff Mors, "an Imperial who has made some very serious mistakes, but she is an incredibly capable leader and spends much of the book working hard to prevent absolute failure. She also happens to be a lesbian," the site reports.

This is not the first character (major or minor) to have a same-sex relationship in the Star Wars universe at large, but it’s the first one written in the official Star Wars canon. Bioware recently added some same-sex relationships to its Star Wars: The Old Republic online role-playing game, after some fan outcry to that they hadn't included any at game launch. A gay Mandalorian couple was also included (albeit really ambiguously) in Karen Traviss' Legacy of the Force. But with Moff Mors, there won’t be anything ambiguous about her orientation.

Here’s what Shelly Shapiro, editor of the Star Wars books at Del Rey, told the Full of Sith podcast:

“This is certainly the first [LGBT] character in canon,” Shapiro said. “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.”

Lords of the Sith will be on shelves April 28, 2015.

(via Big Shiny Robot)