ABC’s Dancing With the Stars has tapped Nickelodeon teen star JoJo Siwa — who identifies as “pansexual” — as a contestant in the show’s first-ever same sex dance couple.
Dancing executive producer Andrew Llinares confirmed during the show’s Television Critics Association press tour panel on Thursday that Siwa will be paired with a female professional dancer while competing on Season 30, according to a report by TVLine.
The reality star added that when ABC contacted her team about competing on the show, Dancing With the Stars‘ casting coordinators asked if she wanted a male or female dance partner, and she chose female.
“It’s going to be tricky, but it’s going to give so much to people out there — people of the LGBTQ community, everyone,” Siwa said. “I want to make it okay for the people who come after me. No matter what [my girlfriend and I] are feeling, think about how normal we’re making things for the kids that are younger than us who are feeling these things.”
“It breaks a wall that’s never been broken down before,” added the star of Nickelodeon’s The JoJo & BowBow Show Show. “Not only do I get to share that you love who you want to love, but you also get to dance with who you want to dance with.”
Siwa’s same-sex dance partner will reportedly not be revealed until the show’s season premiere on September 20.
In addition to being the first contestant on Dancing With the Stars to have a same-sex dance partner, Siwa also identifies as “pansexual” — a term referring to when someone is romantically attracted to anyone, regardless of whether they are a man, a woman, a man who identifies as a woman, or a woman who identifies as a man.
Nickelodeon is one of the many major networks that’s spent years working hand-in-hand with GLAAD to increase the number of opening LGBTQ people on some of TV’s most hyped shows. The networks — including, PBS and Cartoon Network — have signed onto GLAAD’s effort.
Nickelodeon is promoting Pride Month to children with a new video featuring drag queen Nina West, who sings about the meaning of all the colors on the “pride flag.”
As Breitbart News previously reported, a veritable tidal wave of gay representation has washed over children’s TV shows, with a 222 percent increase in LGBTQ characters and stories between 2017 and 2019 alone.