Nickelodeon star JoJo Siwa — who came out as part of the LGBTQ community in January — will make historical past as the primary “Dancing With the Stars” contestant to be matched with a same-sex associate, ABC introduced in a social media post selling the present’s thirtieth season.
“I’m so excited to be part of ‘Dancing With the Stars,’ Season 30, and to be dancing with a lady,” Siwa, 18, stated within the promo clip. “I believe it’s so cool.”
JoJo’s associate will probably be introduced in the course of the present’s season premiere.
The American sequence will probably be following within the footsteps of its UK equal, “Strictly Come Dancing,” which, in 2020, allowed Olympic boxer Nicola Adams to be paired with a girl at her request, the BBC reported at the time.
Siwa got here out as a part of the LGBTQ neighborhood earlier this yr, however has been cautious to not label herself too particularly.
“It’s like, I need to determine it out. I like ‘queer,’ she told People in April. “Technically, I might say that I’m pansexual as a result of that’s how I’ve at all times been my entire life … identical to, my human is my human.”
The “Dance Mothers” alum later opened as much as Demi Lovato — who came out as non-binary in Might — about her journey, telling the singer they had been largely accountable for Siwa’s own “gay awakening.”
“Do you keep in mind your dancer? Her identify is JoJo Gomez, and you probably did ‘Cool for the Summer time’ collectively,” Siwa instructed Lovato, 28, on an episode of the “4D with Demi Lovato” podcast.
“I keep in mind seeing that and simply being a bit of too ,” she defined.
Siwa and her girlfriend, Kylie Prew, have been noticed out and about enjoying various dates since they received collectively. They’ve been relationship simply in need of seven months.