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(L to R) Mal Wright, Yoly Rojas in episode 201 of The Ultimatum: Queer Love. (Netflix © 2023)

Earlier this week, Netflix released its trailer for the queer season of The Ultimatum, a chaotic reality show from the creators of Love Is Blind where couples on the verge of marriage date other people in order to figure out what they want. The first season of the show featured heterosexual couples (although one contestant later came out as bisexual), and this season, which premieres on May 24, will feature five new couples comprised of women and non-binary people.

The premise for The Ultimatum is quite possibly the most bananas of all the reality television shows I’ve ever seen. In every couple, one person has issued an ultimatum: you either marry me or we break up forever. But rather than interrogate these relationships, the couples break up and choose another person to date for three weeks in what’s called a “trial marriage.” After three weeks, each person is reunited with the original person they came with for another three-week “trial marriage.” At the end of the show, each couple decides whether they want to get married or move on.

The first season of the show was so messy, and highly entertaining. With an all-queer cast, things are about to get even crazier. Hosted by JoAnna Garcia Swisher (Sweet Magnolias), this season’s trailer features queer women and non-binary people of different gender presentations and races and a whole lot of drama, as not everyone seems ready for marriage.

One person says: “I don’t want permanency. I don’t want stability. I want freedom,” while another person explains: “I want to live with you for five years and then I’m open to it.” Another individual says: “You said you want to marry me but you fell in love with someone else in a week and a half.”

We’re excited for all of the queer chaos!




Becca Damante
Becca Damante
Becca is a Smith college graduate with a B.A. in Women and Gender Studies and an Archives concentration. She has worked and written for non-profits organizations such as Media Matters for America, The Century Foundation, and GLAAD, and loves to write about the intersections between pop culture, politics, and social justice. You can find her at @beccadamante on Twitter.