"Bachelor In Paradise" season six cast photo
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The Bachelor franchise is infamous for its lack of diversity — there's only been one person of color as the lead in its 17 years on air. 

Despite its abysmal inclusivity attempts, the upcoming season of the spinoff series Bachelor In Paradise will finally feature its first openly queer relationship thanks to Demi Burnett. Although during The Bachelor Australia two contestants left the show and found love with each other in quite possibly the sweetest love story to exist within the franchise. 

During the Women Tell All episode of Hannah Brown's season of The Bachelorette, a trailer for the upcoming sixth BIP season showed Burnett kissing a blonde mystery woman and proclaiming her love for her. But it wouldn't be Paradise without a love triangle, and she was later seen kissing past contestant Derek Peth

After the trailer aired, Burnett came out as queer on Twitter and was supported by her fellow Bachelor contestants and many fans. Unfortunately, though, she also received some hate for being true to herself.

Demi Burnett was one of the most outspoken contestants on Colton's season of The Bachelor. 

Fans of the show will remember Burnett as the outspoken and completely herself contestant on Colton's season. The unfiltered 23-year-old quickly became a fan favorite because of her hilarious commentary and savage comebacks in some of the on-screen arguments that occurred. Now fans will get to see her again in the upcoming season of Bachelor In Paradise

While trailers for The Bachelor and its spinoffs have sometimes hinted at LGBTQ relationships forming, this time it seemed legitimate. 

On occasion, the show has been called out for queerbaiting in its promotional content as a way to sensationalize the episodes. This happened between two contestants — JJ and Clint — in a clearly edited trailer for Kaitlyn Bristowe's season of The Bachelorette in 2015, and the network received massive amounts of pushback for the shameless publicity stunt. 

Now, however, the show seems to have learned its lesson. In the promo video, Burnett is seen kissing an unidentifiable blonde woman and proclaiming love for her. The moment leads to tears as the former contestant decides who she wants to be with, but teases for the upcoming season make it seem like Burnett could end Paradise with an engagement. 

Demi came out on Twitter, so there will definitely be a queer contestant on the show. 

Shortly after the trailer aired, Burnett came out on Twitter. "Spoiler alert: I’m a queer queen," she wrote with a few LGBTQ-friendly emojis. I am inclined to believe that this relationship is legit because of her coming out on Twitter, otherwise I would have been extremely skeptical that this was another publicity stunt. Plus, it's clear from the trailer that real emotions are involved. 

The current Bachelorette and one of Burnett's closest friends from the franchise, Hannah Brown, sent a message of support. 

Brown tweeted in a reply, "And we all, bow down. i love you always and forever." The two got extremely close on Colton's season in which they were both sent home in tears. Now fans are days away from discovering whether Brown found love on the other side of the show. And Burnett could be finding love on-screen shortly, too. 

The show has been in desperate need of diversity since its inception, and hopefully this is just the start.

Another one of Burnett's friends from her time on The Bachelor and a fellow BIP season six contestant, Nicole Lopez-Alvar, tweeted, "I LOVE YOU SO MUCH and I am so proud of you... what an inspiration for us all. Bachelor Nation is ready." 

It's high time the show feature someone who isn't straight, white, and cis-gendered. The world is swiftly changing and wants to see more diversity in the entertainment industry. It seems like The Bachelor franchise is finally picking up on that. 

Unfortunately, Burnett got some hate from some homophobic fans of the show.

Because the show has catered to a conservative audience for so long, there was unfortunately going to be pushback to this progress. Luckily, Burnett is capable and ready to handle the hate. She savagely roasted one person who made an offensive comment upon hearing the news. 

The tweet reads, "And just to clarify, this is not a message of hate or anything like that. I just don’t like to watch it. However, I do think it is high time they have a Rainbow Bachelor and Rainbow Bachelorette series. This way, everyone can choose to watch them all or one or none." 

Burnett replied, "I know you’re trying to mean well, however, the goal is for the LGBTQ+ community to not be viewed as separate. Saying they need a 'rainbow bachelor' is a bit homophobic. We are all humans. Segregation based on sexuality needs to die. Coexist [redacted]."

Get your glasses of wine ready, because this season could actually be the most "dramatic" yet, or at the very least the most inclusive. 

Burnett shared a classic gif of herself popping champagne bottles on her first season of the show. Another contestant from the upcoming season, Caelynn Miller-Keyes, shared a cast photo and wrote, "Who's ready for the madness?" 

The reality series is still unrealistic and obviously has its problems, but even this tiny step forward is progress that many fans have been asking for, for far too long. Hopefully the season treats the queer relationship with respect and is cognizant of LGBTQ issues.