ignore the existence of mara jade because she was created purely to be a love interest for luke because george lucas is a homophobe and wanted to squash the gay skywalker theory
I don’t think that’s true: Timothy Zahn invented her.
(Meanwhile Lucas and Lucasfilm are separate entities: Lucasfilm/whoever exactly it is who sent all those cease-and-desist notices back in the 90s appears to be hellishly homophobic, but thankfully I think those times have have changed? In 2008 Lucas donated
to fight the gay marriage ban, and Lucasfilm donated the same.)
(Granted, I have 0 idea of the exact inner workings of Lucasfilm and who exactly makes its decisions/sets it policies/whatnot. Followers?)