“Love Connection” Welcomes Its First Lesbian Contestant

"We're all gay today."

Andy Cohen’s reboot of Love Connection brought the dating show into the 21st century, and that means featuring LGBT contestants for the first time in the series’ history.

When Fox first announced the revival earlier this year, it vowed to feature same-sex couples in its quest to help contestants find love through a series of blind dates.

Thursday’s episode made good on the promise by featuring the show’s first openly lesbian player, Liz Baxter, taking the hot seat and discussing dates she had with three other women.

The episode was already groundbreaking on its own, but also featured a poignant moment in which one of Baxter’s matches comes out to her family on national television.

“It was surreal sitting there when she came out,” Cohen told Entertainment Weekly about the show’s first gay contestant in over 2,000 episodes. “I sat down and was like, ‘Wow, this is awesome.’ I’m the host, I’m gay, she’s gay, we’re all gay today.”

Cohen also pointed out that the LGBT episode was very timely, since Trump attacked the community with his ban on trans troops in the military just the day before.

“I hope that The White House is watching tonight,” Cohen said.

Check out a short clip from the episode below.


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