There is a particular argument usually leveled against those arguing for same-gender romances in Star Wars: The Old Republic, and that has to do with the fact that there aren’t any gays in Star Wars. Well, in all honesty, there aren’t a lot of women either. Think about it. How many women are actually named in Star Wars? Queen Amadala, Princess Leia, Mon Mothma, Aunt Beru, and maybe one or two others. So, quite frankly, if this is an indication of the dearth of women in the universe by the time the Battle of Yavin rolls around, the universe is pretty screwed, if ya know what I mean.
If you don’t believe me, here is a bit of Cracked just backing this up a bit:
Alright, so. . .basically, in Star Wars, there’s very few women, but that does not translate into same-gender romances, or does it?
Ok, beyond the fact that there’s a whole argument that can be made about Luke and Lando setting off on a lovely romantic trip to Bespin, let us be honest here, there have to be a lot of women out there or, well, the entire population of the Republic will be collapsing within a good twenty years.
So, simply, just because it hasn’t been shown does not mean that it doesn’t exist.
The thing is, homosexuality has not been shown in the Star Wars universe for the same reason that I have trouble writing about straight couples in my own fiction. George Lucas, and as far as I know, everyone else writing the Star Wars Universe, is straight. It would probably never have occurred to him to have Annikan fall in love with Obi-Wan or Lando and Luke getting married. Typically, when a straight person writes a gay, lesbian, or bisexual character, it takes a conscious effort to include them.
Of course, that conscious effort is not being made by BioWare Austin or EA Games despite saying that they would.