The bachelor eventually selects one of the group to continue their romance.The show begins with a series of group dates, after which female contestants are eliminated until only a handful remain.
In the summer of 2003, Bravo premiered straight men who were pretending to be gay. T.+ umbrella know what it’s like to be rendered virtually invisible—or, perhaps worse, to only be seen through the lens of stereotypes ascribed to them by straight people.
The show revealed this secret toward the end: if the bachelor successfully selected a gay man as his match, he’d win money and a trip to New Zealand. You might think that, by the end of a very busy week-long tour, Kate would be exhausted, unenthused about getting dressed up for the cameras.
If he selected a straight man, he’d get nothing—and the straight guy would leave with a cash prize instead. If Bass’s series is successful, hopefully Logo will pull a -style move and offer a complementary show centering on a lesbian bachelorette—or a bisexual dating show in which all of the contestants are bi, or a dating show whose central bachelor or bachelorette is trans. But, oh no, ever the professional, the Duchess pulled off winning looks down the very end.
As icky as that might sound, in a perverse way, you have to give the show credit. It’s no doubt challenging to dress up to meet baby elephants and rhinos, knowing that your outfit is (we assume) at risk of being sullied or otherwise damaged.
At least it foregrounded a gay man trying to find love, instead of using gay men as humorous accessories—or potential roadblocks in the path of straight contestants. But Kate, oh singular Kate, did not seem to let it affect her styling, pulling off an A+ look in this Topshop frock.
That certainly wasn’t the case a year later, when Fox premiered could garner similar success. The series is only about gay men—and underrepresented as it’s been on dating shows, that demographic has still been far more visible on reality TV than any other facet of the L. If this image—of Kate, in an Anna Sui dress, at a traditional dance performance—doesn’t cause you to break out in an immediate, full-fledged grin, well, we .
The series revolves around a wealthy bachelor courted by 25 women.
Tuesday brings great news for reality-TV junkies everywhere—or, at least, the ones who get Logo TV in their cable subscriptions. Consider some bygone reality dating shows that featured gay contestants, and you’ll quickly understand why this matters.
In other words, it’s like any other dating show, but with gay contestants instead of straight ones.
But it -style template, with 13 suitors living together in one house; they’ll be eliminated one by one until the finale, in which the eligible bachelor picks his prince charming.
To be clear, this is not the first time gay people have been featured as part of a dating show’s template—or even the first time they have been the subject of a reality dating show.