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Power Rangers Follows Beauty & the Beast with First Openly Gay Movie Superhero

20 March 2017, 07:36 | Anna Nguyen

'Power Rangers' Breaks Ground With First Gay Big-Screen Superhero

Power Rangers Introduces First Big Screen Gay Superhero

"For Trini, really she's questioning a lot about who she is", Power Rangers director Dean Israelite told the Hollywood Reporter.

Power Rangers, a decades-long children's franchise about a group of teen superheroes, is getting ready for a major first.

The new hot trend in blockbuster movies appears to be the revelation, before release, that a character will not be strictly heterosexual.

Fans on Twitter have reacted positively to the news over the robust diversity on display, which is not often seen in the big, glossy spectacles from the likes of Marvel and DC.

The development is especially remarkable as Power Rangers was previously known for causing the original series' Blue Ranger to quit because of vile homophobic abuse.

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"She hasn't fully figured it out yet", he said.

"The movie is saying, 'That's OK, ' and all of the kids have to own who they are and find their tribe". Trini confesses her sexuality in an Act 2 campfire scene where the teens rest from their heroic training and opening up about their feelings. Just one week after Disney made history by featuring a gay character in their live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, Lionsgate is also going to be making a little history as well.

Superhero movies are behind their more progressive comic book and TV counterparts in terms of LGBTQ+ representation.

In the TV show, none of the characters were queer or on the spectrum, but actor David Yost (who played Billy) was/is gay, and was subject to a degree of bullying and suspicion on set.

In any case, it's good to know that this step has been taken, and personally I'm hoping that Trini really can help young LGBT kids realize that it's ok to challenge their perceptions of identity, to be different - frankly, that it's ok to be gay. and that they can be a superhero too.

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