Finding Dory is first Disney film with transgender character!

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by Hayley Kadrou |
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Luckily, we’re beginning to see more and more diversity and representation in our TV shows, films and books, but we’ve still got a long, long way to go.

And in Disney’s latest shake-up from it’s heteronormative framework, the new Disney Pixar movie is set to feature the film empire's first transgender character.

Ellen DeGeneres – who voices Dory in Finding Nemo and upcoming sequel Finding Dory – revealed that the clown fish will befriend a transgender stingray in the July 2016 release.

Speaking to USA Todaythe chat show host explained: “There’s a stingray that’s becoming sting-Rhonda, so there’s a trans sting in the movie.”

We love it.

The news comes not long after an online campaign to see a same-sex couple lead the love story in a Disney film went viral.

Last month #GiveElsaAGirlfriend began to trend on Twitter, as people pushed towards more LGBTQ representation in the children’s movies.

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And not long after the trailer for Finding Dory was premiered last month, viewers began to speculate that Disney may have just introduced their first gay couple, as the clip showed two women pushing a baby buggy together.

Although no official Disney rep confirmed this, Ellen did open up about it at a press conference promoting the highly anticipated animated movie.

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The 58-year-old asserted:“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.”

Earlier in 2016, Disney as a whole was called out by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) for it’s lack of LGBTQ representation, as it the named the filmmakers one of three major production companies failing in diversity.

Let’s hope that Disney takes note at how eager the world is to see more representation from all walks of life in it’s films.

We for one can’t wait to watch Finding Dory for ourselves. How about you?


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