The new big-screen “Power Rangers” reboot will debut the franchise’s first gay character, and she’s touted as the first openly LGBTI superhero in a big budget film.
Yellow Power Ranger Trini, played by actress Becky Gomez, questions her sexuality in the film, and director Dean Israelite hopes the “small” but “pivotal” plot point will resonate with younger audiences.
“For Trini, really she’s questioning a lot about who she is,” he told 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.”
Trini the Yellow Power Ranger. A Lesbian Icon. pic.twitter.com/nDpR4IKp2c
— Thomas//logan 💖💛💙 (@tommybIakes) March 20, 2017
Power rangers: we have a gay Latina struggling with her sexuality
Me: gO GO POWER RANGERSSSS pic.twitter.com/FUO6u1XhRB
— kiki (@tobinsheat) March 20, 2017
TRINI AKA YELLOW POWER RANGER IS GAY RT AND SAY IT LOUDER FOR THE PEOPLE IN THE BACK pic.twitter.com/SBLCTg9jiX
— s⚡️ (@meganscara) March 21, 2017
the yellow ranger is latina AND gay I’m- pic.twitter.com/4aLsgzvRy4
— jade (@gaysanvers) March 20, 2017
Low key obsessed with the yellow power ranger
— Kacey Engler (@Kacey_Engz) March 21, 2017
power rangers has a gay character and 6-year-old me is LIVING
— JamesMichael Nichols (@JMN) March 20, 2017
There’s, like, 14 X-Men films, roughly 47 Marvel films and 39 DC films. How is fucking Power Rangers having queer characters before y’all?
— Ashley Johnson (@ashleycstj) March 20, 2017
Me: power rangers movie? Eh that’s cool I guess
“The yellow power ranger is gay”
— Ben (@bxntxsxn) March 20, 2017
— s⚡️ (@meganscara) March 15, 2017
The news follows Disney’s announcement that the character of LeFou in their remake of Beauty and the Beast would be gay, prompting homophobic outrage in countries including Russia.
“Power Rangers” opens in Australian cinemas this Thursday.
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