Ellen, who voices the lead character in the upcoming sequel to ‘Finding Nemo’, has revealed that when the sequel is released later this week, viewers will be introduced to a transgender stingray, a first for Disney and Pixar.
Speaking to USA Today, Ellen revealed: “There's a stingray that's becoming sting-Rhonda, so there's a trans sting in the movie.”
The news of the new character comes a matter of weeks after the film’s trailer revealed what appeared to be the first same-sex couple in a Disney film.
A short clip of the film revealed two women with a baby in a pushchair, sparking speculation they were a lesbian couple.
Although Disney have chosen not to confirm or deny whether the women are a couple, Ellen told journalists at a press conference to promote the film (via People): “I personally think it's a great thing.
“I think everything that we see in the media - whether it's television or film or anything you see - should represent everything that's happening in the world. I think everybody that is in the world should be seen and represented.”
She also joked: “One woman has a very bad short haircut, which I find very offensive. If that's the definition of a gay woman, then how dare you? Just because someone has a short, bad haircut doesn't mean she's gay. [She just has a] bad hairdresser. So I don't know that that's the case.”
Earlier this year, Disney were named by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) as one of three major production companies who were “failing” to represent LGBT+ people in their films.
This was quickly followed by the #GiveElsaAGirlfriend Twitter campaign, which saw fans of ‘Frozen’ keen for Queen Elsa to enter a same-sex relationship in the film’s upcoming sequel.
'Finding Dory' hits UK cinemas on Friday, 17 June.
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