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‘Finding Dory’ to feature transgender character

Ellen DeGeneres confirms Pixar sequel will include an LGBTQ character

Finding Dory will feature a transgender character, Ellen DeGeneres has confirmed.

DeGeneres, who voices the amnesiac blue tang fish in the film, told USA Today that “There’s a stingray that’s becoming sting-Rhonda, so there’s a trans sting in the movie.”

There has also been much speculation over whether the film will include Disney’s first same-sex couple after a new clip was released last month.

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One scene in the latest trailer appears to show a girl with parents that are both women, sparking suggestion that the film could mark a progressive milestone in Pixar’s history.

However, DeGeneres claimed she was unaware whether the rumours were true.

“I don’t mind the question and I don’t know if its true or not, or if she has a bad short haircut,” DeGeneres said.

She added: “Who knows if she is a lesbian?”

Finding Dory director Andrew Stanton recently said of the pair: “They can be whatever you want them to be”.

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The speculation comes amid calls for Disney to include gay and LGBT characters in their films.

Earlier this month, the Twitter hashtag #giveElsaAGirlfriend called on Disney to include a lesbian relationship in the upcoming sequel to Frozen.

The campaigns have also spread to live action films in the Disney canon, with the emergence of #GiveCaptainAmericaABoyfriend – which called for a gay relationship in upcoming Marvel films.

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