- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Disney Pixar’s upcoming “Finding Nemo” sequel features a transgender stingray, lead voice actress Ellen DeGeneres says.

“There’s a stingray that’s becoming sting-Rhonda, so there’s a trans sting in the movie,” Ms. DeGeneres said in an interview with USA Today.

That’s not the only nod to the LGBT community being speculated upon in “Finding Dory,” a spinoff of the 2003 underwater odyssey, which opens in theaters Friday.

Fans spotted what appears to be a lesbian couple in one of the movie’s trailers. Director Andrew Stanton would not confirm the rumor to USA Today, but said “there is no right or wrong answer” about the sexual orientation of the couple.

Disney’s stance on LGBT rights in the public square is less ambiguous.

The company and its subsidiary, Marvel Studios, threatened to boycott Georgia earlier this year over a law aimed at protecting faith-based organizations and preachers who disagree with same-sex marriage.

Gay rights groups said the law is tantamount to state-sanctioned discrimination, while proponents of religious liberty said it is necessary in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling creating a constitutional right to same-sex marriage. Republican Governor Nathan Deal vetoed the bill.

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