Is America ready for an LGBT Bachelor or Bachelorette?

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Desiree Hartsock didn’t win the affection of Sean Lowe on last season’s “The Bachelor.” But, she gets another chance at finding her better half in this season’s “The Bachelorette” beginning on May 27. 

The new Bachelorette answered a question regarding whether or not the popular show was ready for a season of gay or lesbian love-seekers.

There has been talk for a while now of people asking why there hasn’t been someone from the LGBT community on the show. Some believe the ratings would plummet, while others say it’s discriminatory to not include someone from the gay community as the star of the show.

Harstock was asked by the Huffington Post’s live chat with fans how she thinks an LGBT contestant would do on the show. She said she felt it would bring in great ratings, just like any other new contestant.

“I feel like it’s still relationships,” Hartsock said. “There’s still dates, and there’s still feelings, so yeah, I think it could work.”

The only similar show to have been produced over a decade ago was Bravo’s “Boy Meets Boy” which included both gay and straight contestants. Many in the LGBT community were upset at how the show portrayed gay men, and after only one season, the show was canceled due to low ratings.

The Bachelor franchise makes its home on the ABC television network. ABC has a number of popular shows with same-sex couples, including “Modern Family,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” and “Nashville,” as well as reality contestants like lesbian celebrity Chef K on “The Taste,” and a lesbian on the show “Millionaire Matchmaker.” 

While there are no known plans in the works for a gay or lesbian Bachelor/Bachelorette, it may not be far off after all.

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