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So let's get one thing straight (or not, heheh): fans love to remake canon. Whether that means coming up with backstories for your fave characters, writing fan fiction, or working out the exact technical specs of a starship, fans love to get involved.

Star Wars is no exception to this, and thanks to the immense popularity of The Force Awakens, some of these weird and wonderful fan theories are coming to light. This forces us to challenge our ideas and ask ourselves: really, why shouldn't Boba Fett be a lesbian?!

What secrets is Boba Fett hiding?
What secrets is Boba Fett hiding?

Hold on to your hats folks, this is gonna get gay.

Lesbian Boba Fett Might Actually Be A Thing

This fan theory exploded on the Internet on the weekend, due to the amount of hate the original suggestion got. After the original poster was bombarded with homophobic messages telling her to do violence to herself (sigh), hundreds of other fans banded around the idea, turning it into a legit theory.

Beyond fans going "hey this would be cool," just what is the theory itself? Well, it splits into two factions. Either Boba Fett is actually Zam Wesell, a shape shifting bounty hunter from Attack Of The Clones who is a friend of the Fetts. Or, Boba's a trans woman and a real smoothie with the ladies (as evidenced by the above GIF).

The Theories Are Actually Pretty Cool

While the trans!Boba theory works with the canon beautifully, the Zam!Boba theory by award winning comic writer Noelle Stevenson is also pretty awesome, so let's take a look at it.

Zam Wesell, bounty hunter
Zam Wesell, bounty hunter

According to this theory, Jango faked Zam's death in Attack Of The Clones to protect both their identities from the Jedi Order. Zam, Jango, and eventually Boba end up switching places a few times over the years. So why does Noelle Stevenson think the Boba we know and love is actually Zam?

It comes down to characterization: Zam is a bit of a screw up in her comics and the games, and is rather showy and egotistical.

Hehe, what a fun theory, amirite? Too bad Boba dies in Return Of The Jedi... probably.

Boba Fett's possible demise...
Boba Fett's possible demise...

With a rumored Boba Fett movie coming in 2020, it looks like we won't have long to find out if Boba really is secretly a lesbian. Until then, at least we have the fan theories. And Boba isn't the only classic character who might be gay...

Luke Skywalker: Also Gay?!

Gay Luke Skywalker also has a pretty huge following online, especially since the Expanded Universe was declared non-canon. As Mara Jade (Luke's EU wife) is unbelievably cool, personally I prefer the idea that he's bisexual. But as Star Wars 7 revealed Luke to be an exiled lone wolf, some fans are starting to wonder if Luke Skywalker might actually be gay.

"You know, it's telling you something."
"You know, it's telling you something."

This theory is in no way new. Mark Hamill coyly hinted at it at SDCC earlier this year, and fans have been shipping Luke with Han Solo, Wedge Antilles, or Biggs Darklighter since the original movies were released. Who's Biggs, I hear you ask? Well, as this deleted scene shows, he was Luke's best friend on Tatooine...

The two certainly seem close... Biggs Darklighter later died in the Battle of Yavin, but his memory lived on in many fans' hearts. Beyond the shipping though, is there any way Luke Skywalker could be revealed as gay in Star Wars Episode 8?

Well, maybe: Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy has already stated that she wants to introduce more diversity to the Hollywood, and the Star Wars saga...

"The demographics within our business don't reflect society, and they certainly don't reflect the audience. There should be many, many more faces of color, many more women, many more gay people — you could go down the list."

The canon book Star Wars: Aftermath featured a main character who happened to be gay... so could we see this in the movies any time soon?

Luke Skywalker and Biggs Darklighter in A New Hope
Luke Skywalker and Biggs Darklighter in A New Hope

This would be fantastic, but it's not very likely.

Oh, The Possibilities!

Disney would be taking a huge risk to introduce a queer character to films with such a wide audience, though it's possible that they're already taking steps in this direction with Poe Dameron. Only time will tell, but until then here are some more fabulous queer fan theories from good old Tumblr...

Help Her by chiinacat on Tumblr
Help Her by chiinacat on Tumblr

At the end of the day, all of this is just another way of enjoying Star Wars. Some people meticulously write out theories, some people introduce queer characters to the narrative. However you want to enjoy it, it doesn't matter: if The Force Awakens proves nothing else it's that Star Wars is for everyone!


Would you like to see a gay Star Wars character in the movies?

[Sources: sashayed, The Daily Dot, Noelle Stevenson, USA Today]


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