March 31st is International Transgender Day of Visibility, a day when trans and non-binary individuals celebrate themselves and raise awareness about trans-related issues. With numerous discriminatory, anti-trans pieces of legislation in existence across the United States, many people feel the need for positivity and a call to action to stop the prejudice towards this community.
Recently, as part of their Star Wars: The High Republic publishing initiative , Lucasfilm introduced two trans non-binary characters by the names Terec and Ceret. These two characters were introduced in the pages of the currently-running Marvel and Star Wars comic The High Republic and are Kotabi bond-twins with one another who share the same mind. They are also both fully-fledged Jedi Knights.
Star Wars has announced on social media that Terec and Ceret will receive an exclusive comic book cover featuring the two characters front and center for issue number six of The High Republic . The cover can be seen below:
Star Wars' caption for the announcement reads:
"In honor of #TransDayOfVisibility we're proud to unveil an exclusive cover highlighting Terec and Ceret, trans non-binary Jedi, currently featured in Marvel's The High Republic comic. We support trans lives and we are passionate and committed to broadening our representation in a galaxy far far way."
THEY MAKE QUITE THE PAIR
It's really quite cool to see Star Wars make strides towards better representation and inclusivity. What's more, is that these characters have given trans and non-binary fans someone to see themselves in and root for while enjoying Star Wars. Representation matters and is so important for any marginalized group, so for Lucasfilm to create Terec and Ceret and portray them as force-wielding Jedi Knights who fight for peace and justice is a really positive step in the right direction.
And hopefully, everyone can enjoy these characters. Star Wars means so many different things to so many different people, and everyone has their own favorite aspect about the franchise, be it the adorable (and ubiquitous) Grogu, the fearsome Darth Vader or droid pals C-3PO and R2-D2. Star Wars can be loved by anyone and that's part of the reason why it has endured for over 40 years.
The High Republic issue 6 should hit stores and online retailers on June 30th.