Nickelodeon Implies SpongeBob SquarePants Is A Member Of The LGBT+ Community

June is Pride Month, and many companies, celebrities, regular people, and brands are celebrating with posts announcing either their membership in the LGBT+ community or their support for the community.

Nickelodeon's tweet about Pride Month raised a lot of eyebrows due to the pictures they chose to include, and while they turned off replies to the tweet, Twitter still talked up a storm about it.

SpongeBob SquarePants is no stranger to gay rumors.

As far back as 2002, audiences have been wondering about the yellow sponge's flamboyant nature and close friendship with Patrick, although largely in a pretty tongue-in-cheek manner.

In the past, Nickelodeon has maintained that SpongeBob isn't gay, but it looks like their tune may have changed.

This month, their tweet for Pride Month seemed to imply a different story.

The tweet included rainbow-ified artwork of SpongeBob, Schwoz Schwartz from Henry Danger, and Korra from Avatar: The Legend of Korra in the tweet.

Schwoz is played by transgender actor Michael D. Cohen, and Korra ends her series with a girlfriend, so some people felt that SpongeBob's inclusion was a sign.

Immediately, this began trending on Twitter.

While most people took it in a cheeky manner and less of a serious declaration, some people were genuinely very excited to learn that SpongeBob could be a member of the LGBT+ community.

Others were quick to remind people that he technically already was.

As some fans pointed out, creator Stephen Hillenberg once revealed that SpongeBob is asexual.

"We never intended them to be gay. I consider them to be almost asexual. We're just trying to be funny, and this has got nothing to do with the show." Hillenberg had said.

Asexuality is defined as a lack of sexual attraction, and is often included under the LGBT+ umbrella.

While Nickelodeon hasn't responded to the fans at the time this article was written, that hasn't stopped them from having fun.

What do you think about Nickelodeon's implication with their tweet? Is it just something for the fans to have fun with, is it canon, or are people maybe reading too much into it? Let us know your opinions in the comments!