Everyday new firsts happen in the push towards LGBT rights. Now, LGBT youth have their first superhero hitting the big-screen.
The movie, which premieres March 24 in theaters, will feature Becky G as the Yellow Ranger Trini.
In the film, Trini wrestles with "girlfriend problems" in a very small moment on screen. During Power Rangers' second act, there's a scene in which the heroes learn that the Yellow Ranger Trini is coming to terms with her sexual orientation after they notice she is having relationship problems, but mistakenly think it is with a boyfriend initially before learning the truth. Still, this makes the Lionsgate motion picture the first big-budget superhero movie to feature an LGBT protagonist.
Director Dean Israelite told The Hollywood Reporter:
For Trini, really she’s questioning a lot about who she is . . . 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.
In the past, when LGBT comic book characters have been made ready for the big-screen, their sexuality has been changed to heterosexual. This can be seen with DC's Wonder Woman, Catwoman, Batwoman and Iceman of Marvel.
Original Blue Ranger actor David Yost, who is openly gay and left the 1990s Power Rangers series after facing harassment over his sexual orientation, praised the new film for its 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.”