'Power Rangers' Movie Breaks Ground w/ First LGBTQ Big Screen Superhero
It looks like at least one of the Power Rangers in the upcoming Power Rangers movie (March 24) is part of the LGBTQ family!!
The Hollywood Reporter provides a minor spoiler that reveals that one of the Rangers is questioning her sexual orientation. From THR:
During Power Rangers' second act, there's a scene in which the titular heroes learn that the Yellow Ranger Trini (Becky G) is coming to terms with her sexual orientation, with one character assuming she's having "boyfriend problems," and soon realizing that perhaps she's actually having "girlfriend problems." It's a small moment, but one director Dean Israelite calls "pivotal" for the entire film.
"For Trini, really she's questioning a lot about who she is," Israelite tells The Hollywood Reporter. "She hasn't fully figured it out yet. I think what's great about that scene and what that scene propels for the rest of the movie is, 'That's OK.' The movie is saying, 'That's OK,' and all of the kids have to own who they are and find their tribe."
David Yost, who portrayed the original Blue Ranger, Billy, in the television series is gay and left the show based on harassment he received from crew members over his sexuality. He had this to say regarding the new film's inclusiveness:
"They really stepped up to the plate,” says Yost. “I think so many people in the LGBTQI community are going to be excited to see that representation.”
What do you think of this decision to include a LGBTQ Power Ranger?