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Blue Power Ranger David Yost: I'm Gay

Blue Power Ranger David Yost: I'm Gay

David Yost, who played the Blue Ranger on the hugely successful kids series Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, recently admitted that he was discriminated against over his sexuality.

The actor, now 41, says he quit the show because he was harassed. “I was called ‘faggot’ one too many times [by the show’s] creators, producers, writers, directors,” he shared.

David added, “I know that my costars were called in a couple of times to different producers’ offices and questioned about my sexuality, which is kind of a humiliating experience to find that out.”

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  • alicia

    Wow! I watched this show religiously when I was a kid. I would have never guessed he was gay, but then again I was only in 2nd grade. More power to him for coming out and no one should be criticized for their sexuality.

  • Adam

    BLUE RANGER IS GAY.. DOES HOLY-WOOD THINK WE R DAT STUPID

  • mark

    Even though it was years ago, he deserves my support.. he was part of something I LOVED when I was a kid!

  • kate

    I KNEW IT!!! Good for him for admitting it;-)

  • Lívia

    Blue Power Ranger admitted that he was actually Pink Power Ranger … anyway I loved him Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers. That was the best of the all franchise.Good for him for admitting it.

  • milo

    that is not right that “grown men” were teasing him that way, c’mon, producers, directors, writers, etc. thats ridiculous! he did not deserve that, or anyone in his/was in his position. i remember watching the power rangers as a kid, i was the red ranger lol.

  • Jaye

    Acceptance of Gay people is mostly done with lip-service in public. Behind closed doors, I wouldn’t be surprised to find some of their most ardent public defenders have another attitude.

  • Jaye

    Acceptance of Gay people is mostly done with lip-service in public. Behind closed doors, I wouldn’t be surprised to find some of their most ardent public defenders have another attitude. That’s human nature. People in Hollywood know what side their bread is buttered on.

  • Roger

    Good for him for coming out!

    Incidentally, the Red Power Ranger supposedly appeared on Sean Cody.

  • john

    I used to be a huge fan of this show when i was a kid!! I had I was very disappointed when I heard that part of the interview it must have felt awful back then having people talk about your sexuality behind your back and having them question your lack of abilities due to you sexuality. IT NOT RIGHT!!!! EQUALITY PEOPLE?!?!

    When my cousins and brother and played power rangers, I was always the blue ranger and now that I think about it, I totally looked up to Billy and I think I had a huge silly tv crush on billy! haha!!! I hope everything goes well for him! <3

  • ALEX

    David Yost was great on Power Rangers! I always wondered why he walked out of the set on ZEO. Well he has my support. Kudos to him for coming out.

  • mimi78

    I cannot believe that people still go through Hell just because they’re gay.

    More power to you David.

  • Lola

    Omg, Billy is gay! I also had a crush on Billy b/c he was nerdy, looked hot in glasses, and could work a pair of blue overalls like nobody’s business. lol Aww, memories.

  • Kat_momof3

    I loved billy and as a kid, would not have guessed one way or the other… of course now that I’m older, I can see it somewhat… but again… it was teenagers/ 20-somethings portraying teens on a very g-rated show… I don’t think the sexual orientation of the actor/actress should have mattered.

  • Alyssa

    I was a huge fan of Power Rangers back in the 90′s…I am so proud of David that he has had the strength to come out. My heart broke when watching the last part of the interview…he has overcome so much adversity and has done very well. Hugs to you, David!

  • Alex

    “TRICERATOPS!!”

  • Bella C

    I thought all the power rangers were gay, especially Tommy and Kimberly.

  • how?

    Wait Wait…
    Blue ranger is gay
    Black ranger was black
    Yellow Ranger was Asian..
    What am i missing here?

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  • Lu

    @how?: How does blue relate to being gay?

  • Anon

    He was obviously gay on the show. No surprise here…except his terrible receding hairline…-cries-

  • Lith

    Nooooo!!!!!! Not another one!!! Nothing against homosexuals, he was just my Prince when I was a little girl. I absolutely loved this guy! T_T there goes all my childhood fantasies…*snif**

  • http://twitter.com/tvgenius05 Jonathan

    It’s so great to hear him talk about a hard time in his life, especially as he was someone who was apart of the Power Rangers which was a major interest of mine and institution of my childhood. Everyone is who they are and no one should discriminate against them and its great for him to talk openly about his sexuality. All support to David and everyone else going through the same experience.

  • Tamika

    Lith your childhood fantasies shouldn’t be ruined just because he’s gay…gay guys can be heroes too :)

  • Shelley

    This interview makes me respect David that much more and makes me disrespect the director of the series a huge amount. Though they did the show well, the treatment of those actors sure seems like a bad love affair”oh we can just get rid of you if you don’t like something we do”. The idea of replacing actors every year DOES NOT WORK in America, where children (like myself at the time) look up to those same people, they look up to both the character AND the actor, not just the character themselves.
    I had always wondered why “Billy” seemed to drop off the face of the earth, now I know, and I’m glad I know the truth from his perspective as to why he left the series.

  • Genji

    Well. I guess that huge crush I used to have on him when I was younger just isn’t going to pan out now.

    It makes me sad to hear about the harassment, although I’m proud of him for being true to himself and coming out. The 90′s weren’t as conducive to being gay in entertainment as things are now, and there are still plenty of challenges these days.

  • class of fitness

    @how?: tommy was native american i guess, thats another piece of the puzzle.

  • class of fitness

    i guess tommy was native american.

  • angela

    Jason Frank, who plays Tommy, is half Native American. Austin St. John, who plays Jason, is also part Native American.

  • Adam

    Wot a lovely guy…im really disgusted that he got abuse on set where it’s meant to b a team thing and the show was so great..im 22 and it really was 1 of the biggest parts of my childhood. He seems like a honest, down to earth guy. It’s really angered me to b honest after watching that tho…cant believe directors,editors and producers were like that. The Pink and Blue rangers rule : )

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  • Martin

    You have all my support David You gave a good magic to this show with your role and those idiots didn’t have the right to treat like that. Blue has been always my favorite color and your were one of my preferred power rangers and you still are. you have my support and you have became my Idol.

  • Joshua

    Wow, what a nice man. Out of all the actors I’ve seen I’ve never heard of one with such compassion for others who are struggling.

    He has the personality of a true super hero =) and they made a big mistake dropping him.

  • DarkShadow

    WOW I always did find somethings weird about him but anywwhoo d^_^b 2 thumbs up for David lol every Halloween i was the blue ranger till i was 9

  • Bruno

    Billy was my favorite of the rangers. And I always thought him the must handsome. Seeing this interview, I now like David Yost much more than before, because we share same problems and his words on the last minutes were so kind…

    I’m Brazilian, 24 years old now, same age he was among the 4 years he was in the cast of Power Rangers. And, just like him after the TV show, I’m pausing my life this semester to rebuild my life and try to accept who I am. I’m also taking pills, they make me so sleepy the whole day, I don’t like this, but they’re gonna help me not doing anything stupid, because life can be good even being gay and watching his interview really made me think a little more this way. I really thank David for his advices.

    BLUE RANGER FOREVER!!! By the way, I only watched the first seasons, I stoped when Billy left in Power Rangers Zeo, but I was already pissed off when he stoped being a ranger and became just a helper.

    I’m glad those homophobes, like the guys that bullied David, are all becoming criminals, the law is changing to protect people, because only being gay we know what that is like and that it’s not a choice.

    God help me accepting completely who I am, David already did a little, really did. I love David Yost, shy, handsome, calm, kind and a real man.

  • Bruno

    @how?: Being gay, black or asian is wrong for you? Did I understand well? Are you some kind of a nazi or I just missunderstood your point?

  • Bruno

    @Lith: Childish and homophobe… perfect. That stuff about red ranger being a gay porn star was a lie, he just looks like another man that is a porn star, that’s all. And David being gay is not a problem, YOU have problems dealing with people different from the social patterns, loser,

  • DS

    Billy was my absolute favorite character. I watched every episode with him. When he left, so did I. I watched a few episodes afterward in the hopes that he would return. I always wondered what happened. Why he left so abruptly. That was actually a really sad part of my childhood, when he left. I was 11 years old when the show first aired. I’m 28 now. I really looked up to Billy. And I still think about him all the time. He was a big part of my childhood. It’s nice to have someone to look up to when you’re going through difficulties as a kid. A big thanks to David for being one of my biggest role models! After watching this interview, I felt like I finally got closure with Billy/David Yost. I kept hoping to see him in other shows/movies. Now at least I know what happened after the show. I’m actually going through my own issues with being transgender. I think I respect him even more now for having the courage to be who he really is. I can’t believe what he went through on set. It’s just so unprofessional to even question someone on their sexuality, let alone harass them. No one should ever be judged or condemned just for being born differently. Especially when all the people doing the judging had the convenience of being born “normally”. Or whatever normal is. You have all my support, David! By the way, I think you’re the most attractive person on the planet! You are so beautiful! Still have a huge crush on you. Good luck with your future adventures!

  • BETHSY

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    omg! I’am a huge fun of this MMPR way back of my childhood days… I was only 8 yrs old during MMRP aired in the PHILIPPINES…. so what!? if he is a gay …. Nothing against him,! there’s no problem for being gay as long he is happy and comfortable.. GO GO GO blue ranger turns to PINK now lol so KIMBERLY is already retired as a PINK ranger BUT still i love kim,tommy,jason,rock,trini,zack,asha, catherine, “Johnny Bosch” hehhehe ei already forgot your screen name hehehe MMPR still rocks my childhood memories until now miss them all… FOR Billy YosT…. you’re beautiful it’s TRUE and spread your wings like a butterfly… ^!^ ; ))))) Hugs bethsy@gmail.com facebook: bethkisses888@yahoo.com

  • Vinh

    It’s the 21st cent. So what if he’s gay… Got a problem with it ? At least he come out and you know what? He is honest to himself. Gay or not that doesn’t concern you. Also it his life not ours. Treat others what you want to be treated. We are all human all the same and born with 5 sense. I don’t want to offend anyone but I just hated people when making a big deal of of one topic of being gay.

    Power Rangers were made for children that have a hero in them. If their was hate in this? I Suggest you don’t go waste your time saying BS. I have children who watch them every morning and I certainly as a parent would want people like you Haters of PR’s trash their childhood
    super Heros.

  • Vinh

    @Vinh: OOps wouldn’t want you to trash their child hood. =)

  • Vinh

    @how?: It’s the 21st cent. So what if he’s gay… Got a problem with it ? At least he come out and you know what? He is honest to himself. Gay or not that doesn’t concern you. Also it his life not ours. Treat others what you want to be treated. We are all human all the same and born with 5 sense. I don’t want to offend anyone but I just hated people when making a big deal of of one topic of being gay.
    Power Rangers were made for children that have a hero in them. If their was hate in this? I Suggest you don’t go waste your time saying BS. I have children who watch them every morning and I certainly as a parent wouldn’t want people like you Haters of PR’s trash their childhood
    super Heros.

  • http://www.paleodietcave.com jojo1490

    I think he deserves some credit for his works. Not only because he is GAY. We should understand that he also wants to be happy.

  • Sylvia Rabwin

    I went to high school with David Yost – we were in the same graduating class. I was a preschool director at the time of his work on Power Rangers, and I was having a lot of difficulty with this one little guy, who had suffered some family trauma. He was a Power Rangers super-fan, so one day I brought my high school yearbook to school to show him that I ACTUALLY KNEW THE BLUE RANGER.! This little guy just flipped out, and we forged a real bond after that. Just a nice memory I though I’d share!

  • dawn

    Ive read a few comments here yes I agree what happened was terrible. Butwe are thinking like the today times saying how could anyone make fun of someone for that im 29….in school when I was younger people woukd write on walls paintcit even so n so is gay to so n so yhis was horrible because in that time frame it was different also religions make it out to be a bad thing wtf cares about whos sleeping with who if it aint your partner they are sleeping with yhen forget it leave it alone….in my town I remember how strange it was to see my first lesbian couple…it didnt bother me because they were lesbians to me it was just different something I was not used to seeing today children want to be gay so yhe girls have someone to hsve tea parties with and the boys probably go play cars with and cowboys or whatever boys play these days…..this is what it was like then I know david will never read this or any of these commemts…but I suport him 110% of the way

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