Star Wars confirms trans non-binary characters

By Lily Morris

Two fan favourites from comic The High Republic have been confirmed as trans non-binary in celebration of Transgender Day of Visibility.

Star Wars fans in the LGBTQ+ community were delighted today by an Instagram post by film production company Lucasfilm, which revealed the non-binary gender identity of Jedi Knights Terec and Ceret.

The caption of the post read: “In honor of #TransDayOfVisibility we’re proud to unveil an exclusive cover highlighting Terec and Ceret, trans non-binary Jedi, currently featured in Marvel’s The High Republic comic. We support trans lives and we are passionate and committed to broadening our representation in a galaxy far far [away].”

Transgender Day of Visibility is an annual international holiday celebrated on 31 March, dedicated to the recognition of transgender people and their achievements, struggles, and contributions to society. The first celebration of the holiday was in 2009, initially created by Rachel Crandall-Crocker to recognise and celebrate the transgender community.

Today’s news of official trans non-binary characters, has therefore delighted many Star Wars fans, who have been campaigning for LGBTQ+ representation in the franchise for some time.

There was similar widespread joy back in 2016 when Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker, said: “I’d say [Luke Skywalker’s sexuality] is meant to be interpreted by the viewer. If you think Luke is gay, of course he is. You should not be ashamed of it. Judge Luke by his character, not by who he loves.”

Similarly, when a fan on Twitter asked if his character was bisexual, Hamill replied: “Luke is whatever the audience wants him to be, so you can decide for yourself.”

Lucasfilm’s recent announcement therefore comes as a pleasant surprise to Star Wars fans; specifically both members and allies of the LGBTQ+ community, who now have many more reasons to celebrate Trans Day of Visibility.