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There Was A Bi-Sexual Contestant On The Proposal, And Here’s Why That’s So Important

Come on Australia, we need more LGBTQI+ representations in dating shows.

So for those of you who have been keeping up with Channel Seven’s controversial new dating show, The Proposal, you would know that the show featured a bi-sexual contestant last night. This is an Australian first, as our dating shows in the past have been super hetro-centric.

Let’s Recap…

Last night’s episode saw bi-sexual woman Lisa Pittaway get engaged to pro-football player Blake Thompson. Lisa had four men and four women to choose from, and narrowed down the mix to just Blake and single mum, Rhiannon Hodgekinson. She received proposals (thanks for ruining the concept of proposals for us all ffs) from both contestants, but it was Blake who won her over.

Lisa only recently came out as bi and says “it all comes down to the person and what’s on the inside.” Bless.

 

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The hardest decision of Lisa’s life is about to be made…❤️️ #TheProposalAU

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LGBTQ+ In Dating Shows

On Monday, MTV aired the last episode of the eighth season of Are You The One? The popular dating show recently gained a lot of respect from the LGBTQI community with an entirely sexually fluid season. The super hot cast included a trans heartbreaker, a non-binary contestant referred to with them/they pronouns and other men and women open to exploring their bi-sexuality. The uber-camp dating show was exactly what the queer community needed. The heat was on as 16 contestants raced to couple up and take home an impressive sum of prize money. If every member of the group finds their “perfect match” they all split $1 million. Think Love Island but more fabulous and more inclusive – even if it’s obviously a bit of a sell out structure wise to get ratings/contestants.

 

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Match or no match? 🔮 #AYTO

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The Bottom Line

There have been a few other queer dating showing in the past, including Boy Meets Boy, A Shot At Love With Tila Tequila in early 2000’s and more recently Netflix’s Dating Around, earlier this year. But sadly, no Australian shows – surprising considering Australia’s general perspective on the LGBTQI community. But then again post-plebiscite, maybe not.

Some Australian dating shows such as First Dates have featured same-sex couples but it is SO rare to see an openly bi-sexual woman on a hetro-normative Aussie dating show. The lack of LGBTQI representation in our romantic reality TV is something we need to think about, and re-consider. However, we are so happy to see Lisa out there doing her thing and so hopeful that this will inspire other dating shows to follow.

Queer dating needs to be celebrated and we love The Proposal for taking a step in the right direction. Even if the premise of the show is a bit odd.

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