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‘Power Rangers’ will give us Hollywood’s first LGBT superhero

Trini the Yellow Ranger has 'girlfriend problems.'

 

Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

Internet Culture

Published Mar 20, 2017   Updated May 24, 2021, 8:16 pm CDT

In the new live-action Power Rangers movie, one of the Rangers is gay or bisexual.

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Trini the Yellow Ranger (Becky G.) is described as having “girlfriend problems,” according to director Dean Israelite. Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, he said “she’s questioning a lot about who she is… she hasn’t fully figured it out yet.”

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It sounds like Trini’s sexuality isn’t a major plot point in the movie, but the characters do discuss the topic onscreen. This makes her the first LGBT superhero in a Hollywood movie, although several superhero TV shows include LGBT characters in supporting roles. Deadpool is canonically pansexual, though he was shown only with a female love interest on film. (Ryan Reynolds said he’d like to explore Deadpool having a boyfriend in future films.)

Israelite described Trini’s low-key coming out scene as “pivotal,” but it’s quite a small moment in terms of screentime. Hopefully this creates realistic expectations for the film’s LGBT representation, unlike the PR disaster of Disney’s first gay character in Beauty and the Beast.

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*First Published: Mar 20, 2017, 9:40 am CDT