Story at a glance

  • Since the Bachelor debuted in 2002, the franchise has grown to include several spin-offs in various locations.
  • In over two decades, there has only been one openly LGBTQ couple on the show: Demi Burnett and Kristian Haggerty.
  • Brooke Blurton, who is set to star in "The Bachelorette Australia," will be the first LGBTQ lead in franchise history.

Not to be outdone by their U.S. relatives, “The Bachelorette Australia” cast Brooke Blurton, the first openly LGBTQ and Indigenous lead in franchise history, for the upcoming season of the reality dating show. 

Blurton, who is bisexual, will be the franchise’s first openly LGBTQ lead, with the caveat that former bachelor Colton Underwood, who first appeared in season 14 of “The Bachelorette” in 2018 before going on to star in his own season, came out as gay after the season ended. She won’t be the franchise’s first LGBTQ couple — that honor goes to Demi Burnett, who appeared in Underwood’s season and “Bachelor in Paradise,” and Kristian Haggerty — but her historic casting is notable in a series not known for its diversity. As a Noongar-Yamatji woman, Blurton also represents her country's aboriginal peoples, another first on the show. 


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LGBTQ relationships are becoming more common on reality dating shows, starting with MTV's eighth season of "Are You The One?" but representation remains limited. Blurton, who was openly bisexual during her first appearance in the 2017 season of “The Bachelor,” has used her online platform to raise awareness and educate followers on LGBTQ issues. 

"I don't take this representation lightly,” she said on an Instagram story. “I am taking it with Pride and absolute integrity, but also be kind to me. At the end of the day I am also just Brooke. I represent a lot, but I am just a Carnarvon girl who came from nothing who desires and wants the love and connection she deserves.”

Warner Bros. International Television Production, which is producing the show, is casting now for the series — no gender specified. 


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Published on May 24, 2021