Chuck Wendig wrote a novel, Star Wars: Aftermath, a story that helps tie the events between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. It also happens to feature a gay character.
Cue idiot outrage.
Chuck Wendig wrote a blog post, and had this to say about the aforementioned idiot outrage:
And if you’re upset because I put gay characters and a gay protagonist in the book, I got nothing for you. Sorry, you squawking saurian — meteor’s coming. And it’s a fabulously gay Nyan Cat meteor with a rainbow trailing behind it and your mode of thought will be extinct. You’re not the Rebel Alliance. You’re not the good guys. You’re the fucking Empire, man. You’re the shitty, oppressive, totalitarian Empire. If you can imagine a world where Luke Skywalker would be irritated that there were gay people around him, you completely missed the point of Star Wars. It’s like trying to picture Jesus kicking lepers in the throat instead of curing them. Stop being the Empire. Join the Rebel Alliance. We have love and inclusion and great music and cute droids.
Chuck Wendig is pretty awesome.