Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
Culture | By Julio Duncan

Power Rangers features first openly gay screen superhero

Power Rangers features first openly gay screen superhero

About halfway through the film, the gang are discussing why Trini - the Yellow Ranger - is so grumpy.

The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that the Power Rangers movie will have the Yellow Power Ranger, Trini - played by Becky G - experiencing what she first calls "boyfriend problems", but later speculates that it might be "girlfriend problems" instead.

'She hasn't fully figured it out yet.

The upcoming reboot features a character who's being touted as the first LGBTQ protagonist in a big-budget superhero movie.

"LGBTQ youth deserve a happily ever after just like everyone else", GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis told Glamour. "The film doesn't dwell on any of this, but our heroes are a truly diverse group of kids in more ways than one". Yost was openly gay during his time on the set, but said he was often harassed by crew members because of his sexuality.

Becky G, who plays Trini, spoke with ScreenRant about her character, saying, "Although it may be a touchy subject for some people, I think it's done in a very classy way". That's a critical message that everyone needs to grasp.

The movie's director Dean Israelite, said it's a small moment but "pivotal" for the entire film. So yes, the LGBT community has already been represented in superhero movies, but never in a lead role.

While LGBTI representation is getting better in comic books, for example with Midnighter in DC and Iceman in Marvel receiving solo titles. Together, they find themselves in position as the newest generation of Power Rangers sent to defeat the powerful witch and former Green Ranger, Rita Repulsa (Elizabeth Banks).

Original Blue Ranger actor David Yost, who is openly gay and left the 1990s Power Rangers series after facing harassment over his sexual orientation, praised the new film for its inclusiveness.

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