Star Wars Day is a time for celebration and reflection—and shipping! With LGBTQ characters and romances relegated to only Star Wars print media, it's no wonder that fans have such enormous appetite and imagination when it comes to pairing onscreen characters. So just in time for May the Fourth, here are four favorite queer combos that Star Wars should bring out of fanfic and into onscreen canon.
The young adult novel Leia: Princess of Alderaan hinted at Amilyn Holdo's (Laura Dern) pansexuality, and The Last Jedi heartbreakingly portrayed their final farewell. It didn't take much for fans to fill in the blanks and conclude that the lifelong affection between Holdo and General Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) had blossomed into a tender romance. Wouldn't it be wonderful if Amilyn offered comfort and solace to Leia after Leia's marriage to Han ended, and a deeper love was born from their shared devotion to the Resistance and their loyalty to each other? Portraying Leia as bisexual or pansexual would lend even more power to their shared scene in The Last Jedi and advance LGBTQ representation in Star Wars by light years.
The Kylux ship simmers with Dark Side passion between Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), the anguished warrior, and General Armitage Hux (Domhnall Gleeson), the ambitious military upstart. Their scenes in The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi crackle with murderous rivalry—or is that electric sexual tension? Maybe a little of both? In any event, if you like your ships dark and complicated, Kylo/Hux is right up your emo alley.
Garazeb "Zeb" Orrelios and Agent Alexsandr Kallus were introduced in Star Wars: Rebels as mortal enemies. But after Kallus defected from the Empire to join Zeb and the other rebels, they became trusted allies and maybe more: the March 2018 Rebels series finale showed Kallus and Zeb blissfully riding off into the sunset together. The Kalluzeb ship is appealing because it so sweetly depicts the quintessentially Star Wars themes of forgiveness and redemption. Also, what's not to love about a big purple space kitty boyfriend?
The Finn/Poe ship has been conquering the galaxy ever since that iconic lip bite in The Force Awakens. The combination of Oscar Isaac's dashing Poe Dameron and John Boyega's earnest Finn is symmetrical with the wholesome heroism of the Han/Leia romance while retooling that dynamic for a more inclusive and contemporary narrative. It doesn’t hurt that Boyega and Isaac are both painfully handsome. Even if 2019’s Episode IX leaves us hanging, we’re going to keep this ship. It suits us.
There are so many other queer Star Wars ships: Baze/Chirrut; Lando/Han; R2-D2/C3-PO (there, we said it). Which ships would you most like to see come to life onscreen? Let us know in the comments and May the Fourth Be With You! Always.