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Lesbianism was only a not-so-subtle subtext of the original Xena: Warrior Princess series, but the upcoming reboot will feature the same badass warrior with a new, unambiguous sexuality. Xena and her partner Gabrielle (played by Lucy Lawless and Renee O'Connor, respectively) will be openly gay, said executive producer Javier Grillo-Marxuach in a tumblr post responding to a fan.

xena will be a very different show made for very different reasons. there is no reason to bring back xena if it is not there for the purpose of fully exploring a relationship that could only be shown subtextually in first-run syndication in the 1990s. it will also express my view of the world - which is only further informed by what is happening right now - and is not too difficult to know what that is if you do some digging.

Sources: Jezebel | Lesbian News | Louise Purplechick