We have seen several different characters in the ever-growing world of Star Wars. Most recently, we were introduced to the first female jedi and black lead character. When asked about the future of Star Wars and gay characters at Thursday night's Oscar Wilde Awards, J.J. Abrams did not hold back at all.
"Of course! When I talk about inclusivity, it’s not excluding gay characters. It’s about inclusivity." Explained the award-winning director. "So of course. I would love it ... 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."
Whether you support it or not, many would agree that to believe there would be no gay characters in such a large universe and a number of species would be extremely naive. It was not until Paul S. Kemp's 2015 book The Lords of the Sith that the first openly-gay character was introduced. In fact, throughout the lifespan of the franchise, most of the lead characters have been white males. Even the most recent casting of John Boyega as a black storm trooper received some backlash.
While introducing an openly-gay character would likely receive some criticism from some fans, chances are a majority would support it or not care either way. Introducing such a character could also benefit the LGBT community and would be another huge step forward for human rights and battling discrimination.