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Is the US Bachelor franchise about to get its first same-sex romance?

Is the US Bachelor franchise about to get its first same-sex romance?

Bisexual Bachelor contestant Demi Burnett

Get ready, Bachelor Nation! The franchise is about to get its first same-sex romance on the summer spinoff, Bachelor in Paradise.

In a new trailer for the series, contestant Demi Burnett says: ‘I don’t care who sees this. I know that I love this girl. I’m just so happy that I found her, and I can definitely picture being with her for the rest of my life.’

Footage shows Burnett and another woman kissing in bed.

It wouldn’t be The Bachelor — or, indeed, any reality show — without drama, however.

The trailer also shows Burnett and Derek Peth making out in a hot tub.

‘Last night, Demi and I had a really fun time in the hot tub,’ Peth says. ‘That’s not something I should have to hide.’

There might be a love triangle on the horizon, as Burnett also tells the mysterious woman, ‘I just don’t want to lose you,’ with tears in her eyes.

A ‘queer queen’ on The Bachelor

Burnett confirmed fans’ hopes for a queer contestant in a tweet Monday (22 July) night, in which she called herself a ‘queer queen’.

Both fans and fellow Bachelor alums are thrilled with the news, and stanning Burnett’s tweet.

Caelynn Miller-Keyes, who appeared on Colton Underwood’s season of The Bachelor alongside Burnett will reunite with her on Bachelor in Paradise, enthusiastically replied.

Others were so excited to learn the reality romance franchise, which has been around for 17 years, will finally have LGBTI representation.

This is real progess for the show

While Burnett isn’t the first openly LGBTI contestant in Bachelor history (that would be Jaimi King, a contestant from Nick Viall’s season), this is the first openly same-sex romance on the show.

It’s a huge step for a show that often receives criticism for being heteronormative and largely white.

Bachelor in Paradise is returning for its sixth season.

As a spinoff of the main show, it sees contestants from both The Bachelor and The Bachelorette living on a beach together as they explore romance, relationships, and drama. Contestants can be eliminated each week if they don’t receive a rose from another contestant

The show ends with potential proposals from couples established throughout the season.

Bachelor in Paradise season six premieres on 5 August.

See also

Bachelor couple who left show to be together are still very much in love

Warner Bros have begun casting for a new Australian same-sex dating show

Netflix’s new reality dating show features LGBTI couples and people of color