The Star Wars universe recognized transgender representation on Transgender Day of Visibility 2021 with a social media announcement.
I’ve made no secret of my own Star Wars story. If not for Star Wars and Jurassic Park, I would not be doing what I do today. While the news comes in the form of two non-binary characters during the High Republic era, it gives me hope that trans women also exist somewhere in the universe. If trans women do indeed exist in the universe, it gives me hope that I can still fulfill a dream I’ve had since the 1990s: acting in a Star Wars movie or TV series. It is still awesome that Terec and Ceret are both trans non-binary Jedi. I would love to see authentic casting should The High Republic era expand beyond comics and books into the movies.
To no surprise, I certainly do not recommend reading the Facebook comments. While there are people praising the post, you’ll almost always find toxic fans with something to say. In the interest of self-care, I made the decision to not read the comments.
For what it’s worth, author Cavan Scott tweeted in early March about Terec and Ceret being non-binary. Scott was responding to a Twitter question about the characters. However, not everyone is on Twitter and even when we are, we certainly miss tweets of this nature. This doesn’t make today’s Facebook post any less exciting.
I’ve always written it as both. They’re non-binary and also a pair.
— Cavan Scott (@cavanscott) March 3, 2021
With Terec and Ceret being trans non-binary Jedi, Star Wars joins Star Trek in having transgender representation. It’s important that two long-running sci-fi franchises have such representation at a time when trans rights are under attack. Trans rights are human rights and trans lives matter! Thank you. Lucasfilm, for making sure trans lives are represented in the saga!