Yellow Ranger Is Hollywood’s First Gay Superhero
“For Trini, really she’s questioning a lot about who she is,” says director Dean Israelite.
In terms of representation on the big screen, the LGBTQ community can count a pair of big wins this year. Disney introduced its first openly gay character in the new live-action version of Beauty and the Beast. Now comes word that the forthcoming Power Rangers reboot features the first gay superhero.
Despite the fact that there are plenty of #LGBT superheroes in both Marvel and DC comics, none of them have so far appeared in any of the movies. (Unless you count Wonder Woman and Harley Quinn, both these women are bisexual, and yet so far this has been ignored for their cinematic counterparts.) But Power Rangers is smashing right through that glass ceiling by introducing Yellow Ranger who, in this new version, is revealed to be queer.
“For Trini, really she’s questioning a lot about who she is,” Power Rangers director Dean Israelite told 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.”
In the original Power Rangers series, Trini was portrayed as straight, but the change is definitely receiving positive feedback. Even the original blue ranger, David Yost, gave his blessing for this character. Yost, who is openly gay, left the ’90s “Power Rangers” series after being harassed for his sexual identity. “They really stepped up to the plate. I think so many people in the LGBTQI community are going to be excited to see that representation,” he said.
Threats to “#BoycottDisney” sprung up online earlier this month after “Beauty and the Beast” director Bill Condon teased a “gay moment” during an interview promoting the film. Although two petitions opposed to Disney including a gay character in the classic fairy tale garnered over 180,000 digital signatures, the movie went on to break multiple records with a $170 million opening weekend in North America.