First off, a warning - the title is VERY CLEAR - this thread is about writing OC characters who happen to be attracted to members of the same gender. If this squicks you out - hit the BACK button right now.* Per the 'rules of the world' (AKA from Lucasfilm and George himself) Luke, Han, Leia, Anakin, Padme, Obi-Wan, Qui-gon and any official characters from the Star Wars Universe (this includes the EU unless they are written that way,) are strictly heterosexual - so says the Maker, so those rules apply here. Per the rules of the boards - you can have gay OC's - but you must keep it.. in a word, subtle and not the 'blatant' - think Neil Patrick Harris as apposed to Harvey Firestein... Besides, being perfectly frank here, if 'being gay' is the only thing that makes your character who he or she an interesting, good character, and they spend the entire story waving the rainbow flag and trying to get busy - do us all a favor and just take it over to fan fiction.net, or Sith chicks, or a myriad of other places where PWP is completely acceptable. This is about story and believable characters. Here's the OFFICIAL word on the subject... As defined by the TFN Archive lexicon, slash fiction is "fanfic featuring people of the same gender romantically involved." The JC does not permit such stories, including fiction of other genres that while not technically slash contain some of the elements that make up a slash fic. As they are used in officially released material, allusions and innuendo are permissible so long as they remain ambiguous and are in reference to original characters. They say, "Write what you know" but GOOD authors are always trying to explore other worlds, other lives - if we only 'wrote what we knew' the world would be pretty boring - and if you limit that even further - 'write what you are' , then people like me would be even MORE restricted - I'm a over 30 y/o straight woman who's never had kids - talk about getting the shaft... I've written 'gay' characters for 10 years now. At first, it was an attempt to show how being 'gay' had nothing to do with how well a character was written, and could be included in a full story. It was intended to be a 'one time thing'... yeah, well many of my readers will know how that turned out. There is far more to writing a GOC (gay original character) than just changing pronouns (I found that out the hard way). Like any well born character, they have to have depth and reason, like any other character. Sometimes they will also have to deal with the stigma of being 'different' (just like in our own world - indeed, many believe that the Empire was xenophobic, and non-humans had the worse time of things) and other conflicts - it's up to the writer to make us care about them as people. I did find the old thread with some wonderous stories that fit the description, but alas, the links (including to works of my own ) are dead - BUT I did chase down one VERY fine example that were once posted here, but is safe on Fanfiction.net: Thursdays With My Father by Oqidaun One post, a real killer story about Mas Amedaa and his son. OK, I've rabbited on enough - Eventually, I'll start an index and challanges, but for now, I'll turn it over to you. * I mean it - no 'crit' constructive or otherwise will be tolerated. This isn't a thread for debate - if you don't like the subject matter, DO NOT POST.