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(It is, however, worth noting that the season, like many other queer productions, manages to feature a trans man but fails to include any trans women.) The show also features a relationship expert, the famed lesbian matchmaker Dr.
Frankie Bashan, who steps in to advise the singles on how to avoid unhealthy romantic dynamics, especially those that can emerge within insulated communities.
The new season of premiered right at the tail end of June—Pride Month.
Like the hyper-branded festivities it coincided with, the show is a fascinating tonal mashup: The episodes that have aired thus far weave lessons about sexuality and gender (and the politics of dating while queer) into every element of the show.
“This show’s the perfect experience because it’s really gonna help me figure out ” she mused in one of the intro sequences.
A more profound assessment of bisexuality never emerged, from Tila or anyone else.
“I lived the first 20-something years of my life as a completely different person, and now I’m in a new frame of mind, I’m in a new body, I’ve got a brand new ,000 chest!
Now, nearly 12 years after the premiere of takes a wildly different approach to depicting queer, and particularly bi/pansexual, attraction.There are unnecessary fights, illicit makeouts, and love triangles galore. But as the entertainment industry has slowly shifted to offer more nuanced portrayals of queer people, attempts to apply that impulse to the rowdiest corner of television.As Remy, one of the participants, notes, “Some of us are not what you would want to maybe represent you, and that’s fine, but we’re real people, and we exist and deserve to be seen, and we deserve to express how we feel.” isn’t the most respectability-driven model of representation, but for a series about 16 young people hanging out and hooking up in one giant house, it manages to be impressively earnest.In one early scene, for example, the show’s lone trans cast member, Kai, asks Jenna, the woman he’s been connecting with since the first day, if she’d be willing to join him while he takes his routine testosterone shots.Rather than feel voyeuristic or inappropriate, the moment is tender and, for many viewers, familiar.