In honor of the International Transgender Day of Visibility, Star Wars has revealed a new variant cover for Star Wars: The High Republic #6 depicting the newly introduced “trans non-binary” Jedi twins Terrec and Cerret.
Drawn by Marvel Comics artist Javier Garrón, the variant cover features Terec and Ceret, green-bladed lightsabers in hand, set against a purple-hued space background. In the foreground, a pair of what appear to be High Republic-era T-1 shuttles can be seen flying by.
Alongside the cover, Star Wars’ official social media accounts (with the curious exception of their Twitter) wrote, “We support trans lives and we are passionate and committed to broadening our representation in a galaxy far far way #TDOV”.
A pair of Force-wielding Kotab bond-twins, Terec and Ceret were first introduced in the second issue of Marvel Comics’ Star Wars: The High Republic series as members of the High Republic-era Jedi Order.
Though this issue featured an in-universe confirmation of their non-binary gender, wherein Avar Kriss clarifies to fellow Jedi Vernestra Rwoh that the pair’s pronouns are “they” rather than “he”, the social media posts made in honor of the International Transgender Day of Visibility stand as the first official confirmation of the twins’ transgender identity.
Regarding the absence of the announcement on Twitter, user @DataRacer117 shared his belief that Star Wars “posted this on Facebook so you have to use your personal account to call them out” in order to dissuade backlash and criticism by opening up users to being “doxxed & harassed by radical activists for your ‘bigotry.’”
“Don’t fall for it [Fandom Menace],” he warned in conclusion, speaking directly to the Star Wars fan movement.
Star Wars: The High Republic #6 is set to drop on June 30th, 2021.
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