MTV's 'Are You The One?' And The Future Of Queer Representation In Reality TV "It was nerve-wracking, to say the least," contestant Kai Wes said of his decision to take his testosterone injections on-screen during MTV's "Are You the One?" "It's something that people don't see, so I purposely chose to show that. I wanted it to be normalized."

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MTV's 'Are You The One?' And The Future Of Queer Representation In Reality TV

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Season 8 of "Are You the One?" features 16 contestants who identify as "sexually fluid." MTV hide caption

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Season 8 of "Are You the One?" features 16 contestants who identify as "sexually fluid."

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The franchises can be sappy, sentimental and formulaic, but they created a market for reality TV dating shows and are still entertaining the masses to this day.

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