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Gay Superhero to Appear in 'Power Rangers' is Latest LGBT Reference

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Elizabeth Banks, Becky G., Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott, Ludi Lin, and RJ Cyler in "Power Rangers" (2017) (IMDb)

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A gay superhero character will be introduced in "Power Rangers," the movie reboot of the 1990s children television show, the motion picture's director Dean Israelite told The Hollywood Reporter.

The big budget movie, which is scheduled to hit theaters on Friday, will reportedly be the first to have an LGBT superhero protagonist, The Hollywood Reporter noted.

The scene is small, when Yellow Ranger Trini, played by actress Becky G, reveals her "coming to terms with her sexual orientation" when another character assumes that Trini is having "boyfriend problems," wrote The Hollywood Reporter.

"For Trini, really she's questioning a lot about who she is," 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."

The revelation comes on the heels of "Beauty and the Beast" director Bill Condon telling Attitude magazine earlier that the character LeFou, played by Josh Gad, will explore his sexuality in a "small but significant subplot" in the live-action fairy tale movie version that set records last weekend.

"(LeFou is) confused about what he wants. It's somebody who's just realizing that he has these feelings," Condon told Attitude. "And Josh makes something really subtle and delicious out of it. And that's what has its payoff at the end, which I don't want to give away. But it is a nice, exclusively gay moment in a Disney movie."

The scenes appear to continue the exposure of LGBT characters in film. "Moonlight," a coming-to-age movie about a gay African-American boy in Miami, won the Academy Award for best picture last month, People magazine noted.

The Hollywood Reporter wrote that original Blue Ranger actor David Yost, who is openly gay, applauded the movie's effort. Yost departed the 1990s television "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers" series after facing harassment over his sexual orientation, the publication noted.

"They really stepped up to the plate," Yost told The Hollywood Reporter. "I think so many people in the LGBTQI community are going to be excited to see that representation."

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A gay superhero character will be introduced in "Power Rangers," the movie reboot of the 1990s children television show, the motion picture's director Dean Israelite told The Hollywood Reporter.
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