Move over, Love Island.
A new dating show is coming to town and we can only hope it’s going to be as refreshing as it sounds.
While dating shows on TV are always drama filled and generally fun to watch, they also tend to focus almost exclusively on dating between straight people.
The Bi Life will be the title of the new dating show on E! UK and Ireland, focusing on bisexual+ dating, meaning dating between people who identify as bisexual, pansexual or questioning. It will the the first dating show in the UK to focus exclusively on the bisexual+ dating experience.
Coming to our screens in October, the ten-part show will send a group of singles looking for love to Barcelona to party, date, and “navigate the rocky road of bisexual+ dating,” according to E!
“It’s high time there was a dating show for the large number of young people today, like me, who are attracted to more than one gender.” #CBB Winner and #RPDR finalist @CourtneyAct is ready! #TheBiLife. Coming this October on E!
— E! Online UK (@EOnlineUK) August 21, 2018
The show will be hosted by drag queen Courtney Act, who is perhaps best know as a contestant in RuPaul’s Drag Race.
“In 2018 we know that sexuality is fluid and sharing the stories and experiences, the laughter and the love making, of young bi people is so important,” Courtney Act told E!.
Kim Sanders, Head of Media Engagement at the UK LGBTQ rights organisation Stonewall, told Mashable The Bi Life is an important step in the right direction for bisexual people.
“It’s great to hear there will be a new dating show about bi people,” says Sanders. “Representation is so important, especially for bi people who continue to be seriously underrepresented in mainstream media.”
“We hope this show will breakdown harmful stereotypes as well as exploring the unique challenges that bi people face when it comes to dating, whether that’s having to come out to their partner or using dating apps that force you to pick a gender,” says Sanders.
Up until now, bisexual representation on dating shows has been rare — apart from the occasional bisexual contestant on mainstream dating shows.
Only a few modern dating shows have been centred around bisexual dating, an example being MTV’s 2007 reality dating show A Shot At Love With Tila Tequila, where both men and women competed to date the bisexual television personality. Earlier this year Australia got its first bisexual dating show What’s your Flava?
We are so ready to obsess over every interaction on The Bi Life.
Is it October yet?