J.J. Abrams recently said that "of course" gay characters would soon be seen in the "Star Wars" galaxy. And Mark Hamill said that Luke Skywalker could be gay. But there are already several LGBT "Star Wars" characters -- at least in the galaxy of books, comics, and games.
Reess Kairn, who appeared as the villain in the 1999 comic "The Bounty Hunters: Aurra Sing," had undergone "transgenderative surgery" to transition from an alien male to a human woman.
Juhani (right), a lesbian cathar alien, was featured in the video game "Knights of the Old Republic" in 2004, and was the first confirmed and openly gay character in Star Wars.
Lord Cytharat is a gay Sith introduced in "Star Wars: The Old Republic" in 2013, and was the first character in the long-running online game who could share a kiss with a player character of the same gender.
Lemda is a bisexual woman introduced in "Star Wars: The Old Republic" in 2013. Players can swap numbers with her, but she never calls.
The spy Theron Shan's backstory was detailed in both comics (in 2011) and a novel (in 2012) before appearing in the video game "Star Wars: The Old Republic" in 2014 as someone that player characters could become romantically involved with, no matter their gender.
The bisexual Lana Beniko first appeared in the video game "Star Wars: The Old Republic" in 2014.
The bisexual Koth Vortena was introduced in the video game "Star Wars: The Old Republic" in 2015.