Over 2,000 people have signed a petition for Disney and Lucasfilm to include their first LGBT character in the next Star Wars movie. The campaign pays tribute to Drew Leinonen, who was one of the 49 victims of the Orlando mass shooting on June 12, 2016.
Leinonen's best friend, Joshua Yehl, started the petition to honor his legacy. "I’m writing this letter to request that Drew’s passing be honored by using him as inspiration for the first-ever LGBT Star Wars character to appear in a movie," Yehl wrote.
"He was obsessed with tech and gadgets, so it won’t surprise you to hear his favorite characters were Darth Vader, General Grevious, and pretty much every droid," Yehl wrote.
"Drew was a remarkable human being, and I can’t think of a more perfect tribute to his legacy than this."
"Nothing would make him happier than for all the little gay nerds out there to have their own Star Wars character to look up to," Yehl concluded in his letter.
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