Many upcoming movies are featuring more LGBTQ characters than ever. Films from Finding Dory to most recently Beauty and the Beast include diverse characters with their own storylines and opens identities, paving the way for even more representation in the future. LGBTQ representation is becoming more and more familiar within the film industry and the movement is creating exciting roles and stories.
One new movie that’s following the same path is Power Rangers, which will be in theaters this Friday, March 20. Not only will it be chock-full of action, but it promises a bit of diversity within the group.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, director Dean Israelite mentioned that the Yellow Ranger, Trini (played by Becky G), is coming to terms with her sexual orientation. He said that though other characters might assume “she’s having ‘boyfriend problems,'” they may soon be “realizing that perhaps she’s actually having ‘girlfriend problems.'”
“For Trini, really she’s questioning a lot about who she is,” Israelite tells The Hollywood Reporter. “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 move is a start to bigger movements of having characters fall under LGBTQ and never leaving anyone out. However, Power Rangers is the only mainstream superhero film that’s first including a character from the LGBTQ community and is finally placing the character as one of the leading roles.
David Yost, who played the Blue Ranger in the original Power Rangers during their 1990s series had something to say about the news — as for someone who’s openly gay. During the show, Yost left the show due to constant harassment for his sexual orientation, The Hollywood Reporter added.
“They really stepped up to the plate,” Yost said. “I think so many people in the LGBTQI community are going to be excited to see that representation.”