Netflix’s New Queer Dating Show Is A Beautiful Disaster

Let the games begin.

Equal rights means equally trashy reality TV shows. Thanks to Netflix, queer women and non-binary people are finally getting our time in the messy reality TV sun with The Ultimatum: Queer Love. The show is bringing queer representation to dating shows (who says straight people get all the fun?) with all of The Ultimatum couples comprised of lesbian, bi, queer, and non-binary people. The trailer dropped earlier this week and the queer internet is losing it.

You might have seen the cis-het version of the simply unhinged show hosted by Nick and Vanessa Lachey, where one half of a couple gives an ultimatum: leave the show engaged, or break up. “One partner is ready for marriage, the other may have doubts. An ultimatum is issued,” Netflix’s description reads. “And in just over eight weeks, each couple will either get married, or get out, after they each choose new potential partners in a life-changing opportunity to get a glimpse of two different futures.”

The Ultimatum: Queer Love will be hosted by Sweet Magnolias star JoAnna García Swisher and will feature five LGBTQ+ couples and promises to “showcase more stories of love, relationships and the ups and the downs of commitment” with “brutal honesty.” The goals of the contestants run the gamut: some want children, some want to wait to get married, and some want to keep their options open.

The trailer is delightfully deranged, and our favorite queer content creators did not hesitate to deliver hilarious memes.


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“I don’t even want to say her name anymore, she’s like Voldemort to me,” one contestant says as the trailer starts. We’ve all been there. The trailer continues to take us through the highlights of the series, while one contestant says “If you don’t like my dog, you can get the f**k out.” We’ve also been there.

The internet has not stopped collectively freaking out over this chaotic trailer, and we are all waiting with baited breathy until its premiere on May 24. And here’s hoping for an all-queer Love Is Blind

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