We recently ignited an unexpected firestorm of controversy by asking what could improve “Dancing with the Stars” for its upcoming 25th season this fall. One option in particular got people fired up: the possibility of same-sex couples. Some liked that possibility, but very many were outraged by even the suggestion of it. But it’s really not such a radical idea. In fact, a female-female couple already broke ground on “DWTS” in 2010 — in Israel.
Gay TV personality Gili Shem Tov was paired with female pro Dorit Milman in season six — they finished eighth out of 12 contestants. And even the US version has dared to be groundbreaking in the past. In the fall of 2011, Chaz Bono became the show’s first ever transgender contestant. And one of the current “DWTS” pros, Gleb Savchenko, has advocated for diversity on the dance floor for the original British version of the show, “Strictly Come Dancing”: “‘I think this would be a great idea,’ said in a 2015 interview with GuysLikeU.com. ‘I believe the show should embrace diversity. Dance is for everyone. If it happened, I would look forward to doing some very exciting and very different choreography!”
June is LGBT Pride Month, so in honor of the occasion, vote in our poll below to let us know if you think same-sex couple should be introduced to “DWTS.”