'Star Wars' Universe Introduces First Major Gay Hero

Meet Sinjir Rath Velus.

Velus is not the first gay character, but the first gay major hero, Entertainment Weekly reports. In a previous novel, a lesbian Imperial officer Moff Delian Mors played a role in the action.

But Velus has now sided with the rebels and the author of the book, Chuck Wendig, spoke to EW about the new character. In the book, Velus turns down the advances of a female character and explains, so she doesn't take it personally.

He continued, "I think fiction has sort of a value and an opportunity to speak to audiences beyond both the author and beyond what you “expect” that audience to be. And it allows people to see themselves in stories where, before, they hadn’t."