If you’re not excited about the new Star Wars movie, you can’t be trusted as an ally to trans people

By , October 20, 2015 4:48 pm

As I hope you know, the trailer for Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens was released last night. Tickets went on sale, selling out and/or crashing servers all over the place. And I’m going to take a stand that I know we’ve all been thinking about, even if most of us haven’t been brave enough to say it: If you’re not excited about the new Star Wars, you can’t be trusted as an ally to trans people.

It’s pretty simple, really. Star Wars – the movie phenomenon launched in 1977 with the release of Episode IV: A New Hope – perfectly mirrors the rans experience. Allow me to  break it down:

Luke Skygenderidentitywalker

Luke Skygenderidentitywalker

Luke Skywalker is Gender Identity. Awkward, often disliked, unreasonably whiney. Doesn’t come into its own until the third act, after losing some body parts and building a new ‘lightsaber.’

Princess Leia is Gender Expression. Captured by the Evil Empire and forced to give up critical information when her planet is in crisis. Just like gender expression.

Han Solo is Confidence. This should be self explanatory.

Darth "Internalized Transphobia" Vader

Darth “Internalized Transphobia” Vader

Darth Vader is Internalized Transphobia. Led to hatred by someone pretending to be a supportive parent-figure, Darth “Internalized Transphobia” Vader is ultimately able to say that he is the only one in charge of his identity. And then he throws Transphobia down a giant pit.

The Emperor is Transphobia. Pushing his minion, Darth Vader, to do Transphobia’s bidding…whether he wants to or not.

Obi-Wan Kenobi is, I don’t know, Support Structures? Shut up, it makes sense.


Star Wars: Episode You: A New Gender


Luke Skywalker is trying to figure out his true gender identity. There’s this bitchin’ queer bar at Tosche Station where he can pick up some hormones (called “power converters”) but his controlling aunt and uncle won’t let him. And Luke is all, like,

Tosche Station

But it’s fine, because Obi-Wan Kenobi gets luke, and they’re all like, “We’ll figure it out together.”


See how they’re gazing into each other’s eyes? That’s one amazing support structure right there.

But Luke’s internalized transphobia -slash- Darth Vader won’t have it, so he has Luke’s aunt and uncle killed:


Which is pretty fucked up, right?

Really, I shouldn’t have to explain this to you. A real trans ally would have figured this out already. So get your shit together, get excited for the new Star Wars movie, or consider yourself out of my life for good.

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