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Power Rangers to feature the first big-screen, openly gay character in a superhero movie

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Power Rangers is about to become the first ever superhero movie to feature an openly gay protagonist.

The Lionsgate reboot of the popular ’90s children’s TV show is the first big-budget superhero movie to have an LGBT protagonist.

Yellow ranger Trini, played by Becky G, will have ‘girlfriend trouble’ in one particular scene, one that the film’s director has described as ‘pivotal’ in the film.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter ahead of the film’s release, director Dean Israelite said: “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.”

This follows a recent shift towards writing LGBT characters into films and TV shows, with Beauty and the Beast featuring the first ever LGBT Disney character, Le Fou.

The original Blue Ranger actor David Yost, who is openly gay, left the 1990s Power Rangers series after experiencing harassment over his sexual orientation. He praised the new film and it’s director, for the 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.”

Power Rangers will be released on 24 March.

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