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LGBT contestants looking for love to feature in Blind Date for first time in the show's history


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Blind Date is airing its first ever lesbian episode this weekend to coincide with London Pride Festival. 

Alice, a 29-year-old Celine Dion superfan from Leeds, will appear on the show looking for love.

She’ll be choosing who to take on a date out of a panel of three women; Steph, a 26-year-old digital content manager who spends most of her time with her dogs, Sarah, a 30-year-old civil engineering technician from Reading, and Jane, a 31-year-old originally from New Zealand who likes cats.

A spokesperson for LGBT charity Stonewall has praised the show for its inclusion of same-sex relationships.

“Since the show’s end in 2003, representation of lesbian, gay, bi and trans people has come a long way, and we hope to see Blind Date’s move inspire shows of a similar format to extend their remits to include LGBT people too,” the spokesperson said.

“Not only will this send a strong message that LGBT people and their relationships are valid, but it can also enable viewers to learn more about LGBT people and their relationships.”

At the moment, while popular programmes such as First Dates and Naked Attraction include LGBT people, there are many other dating shows that aren’t so inclusive. Prime time favourites Love Island and Take Me Out only cater for heterosexual relationships, although some LGBT contestants have taken part.

Channel 5 has said the revival of Blind Date has been updated “to reflect the present day whilst maintaining the humour, charm and cheekiness of the original show”.

Blind Date is currently fronted by Paul O’Grady and was previously hosted by the late Cilla Black from it’s inception in 1985 until it was axed in 2003.

There will be another Blind Date episode featuring LGBT contestants later this year as an episode with a man choosing from a line up of other sexy single men is set to air in the autumn.

The first LGBT Blind Date episode will be shown this Saturday on Channel 5 at 8pm.

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