Does new 'Finding Dory' promote a lesbian couple?

by Michael Foust, Guest Reviewer |

LOS ANGELES (Christian Examiner) – Does a new trailer for the children's film "Finding Dory" depict the first gay or lesbian couple in a Disney/Pixar film?

Perhaps, although moviegoers likely won't know for sure until the movie opens in theaters June 17.

At issue is a short trailer snippet – about a second – showing two women at an aquarium who are shocked to see an octopus in a baby stroller. Although the two women certainly appear to be a lesbian couple, they also could be any other combination of women – random strangers, two sisters, or even two (heterosexual) friends who met each other at the aquarium. It also appears that the stroller does not belong to them.

The two women are not wearing wedding rings, but the LGBT community nevertheless is excited about the possibility.

Wrote one woman (@m00rea) on Twitter, "finding out there's a lesbian couple in Finding Dory just makes my love for Finding Nemo so much more & makes my little gay heart happy."

The left-leaning Twitter news feed @thisisamplify celebrated by saying, "Pixar is being progressive, featuring a lesbian couple in the latest #FindingDory trailer!"

Sarah Kate Ellis, president of GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation), didn't want to speculate about "Finding Dory" but told the Hollywood Reporter that it's just a matter of time until more animated films include gay characters.

"We have been pushing them for years at GLAAD but now social media and the community is pushing them on it," Ellis said. "It's going to get harder and harder to ignore this drumbeat."