Demi Burnett's Same-Sex Romance On 'Bachelor In Paradise' Praised by GLAAD as 'Groundbreaking'

Bachelor In Paradise broke new ground last night, with an episode presenting the show's first same-sex relationship.

Demi Burnett was dating Derek Peth on the current season of the Bachelor spinoff. But on Tuesday her girlfriend, Kristian Haggerty, arrived in Paradise. Burnett and Haggerty have been in a non-exclusive relationship since after Burnett appeared on Colton Underwood's season of The Bachelor in January 2019.

Haggerty's arrival marked the first same-sex relationship on any Bachelor show, and was met with support by participants on the show.

Burnett and Haggerty are expected to stay on the show as an official couple, with neither likely to be sent home—each woman can ensure the other stays by offering a rose at each ceremony.

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Demi Burnett attends the Steve Irwin Gala Dinner at SLS Hotel on May 04, 2019, in Beverly Hills, California. John Wolfsohn/Getty

GLAAD, a media watchdog group that encourages diverse and accurate depictions of the LGBT community in the media, praised Bachelor In Paradise producers for including Burnett's storyline.

"Bachelor in Paradise's inclusion of Burnett's coming out story and her journey to accepting her queer identity is groundbreaking for the series," said Anthony Ramos, GLAAD's head of talent, in a statement received by Newsweek. "Tens of millions of people around the world watch The Bachelor and The Bachelorette franchises and this move to include a same-sex relationship in an honest fashion has the power to upend preconceived notions of LGBTQ people like Demi who are attracted to more than one gender."

GLAAD wasn't the only one to support Burnett: Twitter users praised her confidence and thanked ABC for including Haggerty, who was not a part of any Bachelor franchise, on the program.

But others were angry at Burnett, claiming Haggerty's arrival means Peth is no longer part of a couple. "Happy for them but they need to leave the show," wrote one Twitter user. "Definitely a double standard."

Some brought up Underwood, claiming Burnett "owed [him] an apology" because she was now dating a woman.

Burnett and Bachelor In Paradise received some hate-filled tweets directly, including from one user who called Burnett a "selfish b*tch."

At the start of Bachelor In Paradise, Burnett explained she didn't define her sexuality as gay, straight or bisexual. Instead, she shared, she "likes who she likes."

Even before the series officially premiered, Burnett has been vocal in embracing her sexuality publicly.