Becky G, New Yellow Power Ranger, Will Play First Big-Screen LGBT Superhero
The Power Rangers‘ Trini will come to terms with her status as a superhero — and her identity as a queer woman — in the series’ upcoming movie reboot, marking a first in cinema.
The Yellow Ranger, played by Becky G, will be in the early stages of exploring her sexuality in the film, according to The Hollywood Reporter, and it just so happens that she’ll be the first big-screen superhero to be a decisive part of the LGBT community.
“For Trini, really she’s questioning a lot about who she is,” Power Rangers director Dean Israelite told THR. “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’s sexuality will come into question in the movie’s second act, when a fellow character assumes she’s out of sorts because of “boyfriend problems” — ultimately, they’re corrected to “girlfriend problems.”
David Yost, a gay actor who played the 1990s origin series’ Blue Ranger, said Trini’s new story marks a huge step for the community and will likely inspire many young kids who are having a tough time nailing down who they are.
“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.”
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