Like GSN noted yesterday, there isn’t much LGBTI content in George Lucas’ Star Wars universe.
However, this GSN reporter is old enough to have seen the original trilogy when it came out (Empire Strikes Back is the masterpiece).
While my peers couldn’t stop talking about Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and Han Solo, as a neophyte gay I knew the real story was about the robots: ‘Gay’ C-3PO and ‘lesbian’ R2-D2.
Yes.We all know neither had a romantic attachment, but the signs were all there for a young gay kid looking for validation in a culture where there was none (minus the incomparable soul singer-songwriter Sylvester).
Let’s take C-3PO. A stereotypical gay man if there ever were one. From his voice, mannerisms, and those cries of distress. The golden plated robot was a walking example of a drama queen.
As for R2, all butch lesbian. Prepared to repair anything. Went where she wanted. Didn’t pay people much attention, could be a little obstinate, and her advice was always ignored even though she knew the deal.
These two traveled the galaxies, often bickering, Yet both were certain neither could survive without the other. Despite their differences, their liberation was intertwined. What better example of community than that?
All of the above is based on crude generalities but if you can’t have a little fun on Star Wars Day, then the force isn’t with you.
May all of us take a few lessons from the mismatched, robotic, queer, pair, especially as we search for freedom for the L,G,B,T,and I.