First Same Sex Couple in ‘Bachelor’ History Hailed As ‘Groundbreaking’ and ‘Vital’

While reality dating shows like “Love Island UK” and MTV’s “Are You the One?” have embraced Lgbtq+ storylines in recent years, “The Bachelor” franchise, indisputably the blockbuster of the genre, has been far slower to adapt.

Which is why a same sex story arc on “Bachelor in Paradise” has been praised by GLAAD and Lgbtq+ fans as groundbreaking.

Contestant Demi Burnett came out as bisexual earlier in the season, but it wasn’t until last night that ABC introduced her girlfriend, Kristian Haggerty.

Burnett’s storyline marks the franchise’s first inclusion of a same-sex relationship.“’Bachelor in Paradise’s’ inclusion of Demi Burnett’s coming out story and her journey to accepting her queer identity is groundbreaking for the series,” said GLAAD Head of Talent Anthony Ramos in a statement.

“Tens of millions of people around the world watch ’The Bachelor’ and ‘The Bachelorette’ franchises and this move

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