BioWare's Knights of the Old Republic game, released in 2003, allowed for the possibility of same-sex relationships between the player and their AI companions.
In Karen Traviss' Legacy of the Force books, two male Mandalorians, Goran Beviin and Medrit Vasur, were married.
The Star Wars: Lords of the Sith novel by Paul S. Kemp featured a lesbian character, Moff Mors.
And last year, the novel Star Wars: Aftermath by Chuck Wendig featured a gay Imperial officer, Sinjir Rath Velus.
JJ Abrams has promised gay characters in future films. And the amount of shipping between Finn and Poe is off the scale.
And along the way there had been protest from those opposed to such things and protest from those who see things going nowhere near enough.
But the comics continue to take baby steps as well. There were vague suggestions that new characters Sana Solo and Doctor Aphra had shared such a relationship in Marvel's Star Wars comic book.
And today's Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #1 gives us a a same-sex kiss. Possibly. And it's a stretch.
Basically, in a flashback tale as an archeologist student, cementing the River Song/Bernice Summerfield aspects of her character (, and after dispatching with their very own Indiana Jones…)
Okay, so they are holograms. And only probably same gender, based on body types, armour types and usual Star Wars casting. Oh and they are holograms. And fictional portrayals.
That's right, they aren't real. Then again, no one is, it's a comic.So Doctor Aphra? She's shipping them.
And Doctor Aphra? She's shipping them.
Like I said, baby steps.
Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #1 by Kieron Gillen, Kev Walker and Salvador Larroca is out today. As is Kieron's The Wicked + The Divine #24 with Jamie McKelvie.
You know, if you're looking for something closer to the real thing.
Still fictional, of course.