Fans petition ‘Star Wars’ to include first gay character

File Photo of a media meet ahead of the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.  

More than three thousand people have rallied to make Drew Leinonen the first gay character in Star Wars universe.

The petition has been posted on Change.org by Joshua Yehl along with headline “Make Orlando Victim Drew Leinonen the First LGBT Star Wars Movie Character” following the Orlando massacre on June 11, reported Ace Showbiz.

Addressed to Kathleen Kennedy (President of Lucasfilm), Bob Iger (CEO of The Walt Disney Company) and all of the crew behind the Star Wars films, the message read, “I’m writing this letter to request that Drew’s passing be honoured by using him as inspiration for the first-ever LGBT Star Wars character to appear in a movie.

“How this is done — using his likeness, running his name through one of those Star Wars Name Generators, etc. This character will not only honour Drew but all of the other victims at Pulse in Orlando, including his boyfriend Juan Ramon Guerrero, and every LGBT person to ever lose their life to hate.”

Yehl recounted Drew’s passion for the franchise.Through the message, he also made an appeal for Star Wars to include gay character as a hero alongside the other protagonists.

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