Brooke Blurton, the first LGBT+ star of The Bachelor/The Bachelorette, who is appearing on the Australian edition of the dating show, pictured in a handout photo. Handout courtesy of 10 ViacomCBS / Thomson Reuters Foundation

Society Australia27. May 2021

Huge Dating Show Stars Its First Openly Bisexual Woman

Aimed at boosting the representation of the LGBTQ+ community on mainstream television, an Australian dating show breaks two barriers with one lead role: its newest star is a bisexual and an Indigenous woman.

“I’m absolutely so ready for it and I think that I’m just excited for that exposure to how beautiful the community is,” says Brooke Blurton, 26, the latest star of the TV series “The Bachelorette”. “I don’t really focus on the gender of a person and I’ve always been very open that I don’t have a preference. It’s always genuinely the internal traits that people carry, how they hold themselves, how much compassion and empathy they have.”

Not only is Brooke Blurton openly bisexual, but she is also a Noongar-Yamatji woman from Western Australia who worked as an Aboriginal education coordinator, and became an ambassador for the suicide prevention charity R U OK? in 2019. “Being queer, and also navigating being Aboriginal, and navigating Western society… I’m breaking down so many barriers.”

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