Most estimates say put around 4-5% of the USA's population as LGBT, so after at least 20 superhero movies in the last ten years alone (or to put it another way, more than fifty individual superheroes), plain old logic dictates that at least two should identify as something other than straight.
Finally this week we learned that the first openly LGBT superhero would arrive on screen — but it's not coming from Marvel (as if!) or DC. Nope, it's the rebooted Power Rangers which is responsible for evening things out, and since the news broke this week that the Yellow Ranger has "girlfriend problems," the good citizens of the internet have been freaking out in the best way possible.
Here's a small, slightly heart-warming round-up of the best responses to the news that #PowerRangers is totally LG-beasting it on the diversity front:
Over on Tumblr, the news went down like an Earthly mortal falling at the knee of Rita Repulsa:
And, of course, celebratory gifs were made:
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This Twitterite is Meryl Streep-ing to the max and she doesn't care who knows:
And the sheer strength of diversity in this Power Rangers movie has most definitely not gone unnoticed:
Blake Donaldson makes a good point, though — it may be doing good work on the gay score, but Power Rangers still has to, like, not suck:
You won't have to wait long to find out — Power Rangers hits theaters on Friday.
How stoked are you for Power Rangers? And which will be the next superhero movie to diversify and improve LGBT representation?