two openly gay women are on Survivor; will Survivor Vanuatu really be split by sex?

two openly gay women are on Survivor; will Survivor Vanuatu really be split by sex?
For the first time in the show’s history, Survivor will feature not one but two “openly gay women,” AfterEllen.com reports. Both Ami Cusack and Dr. Scout Cloud Lee‘s bios mention their relationships with women. As the site points out, “There was a lesbian contestant on the show’s first season in 2000, Sonja Christopher, but her sexual orientation was not disclosed on TV or within Sonja’s official bio, and only became public well after the fact.” Meanwhile, is it really true that Survivor Vanuatu will follow Survivor Amazon‘s two-year-old lead and split up the tribes by sex? Probably not, according to PopPolitics, which summarizes the reasons why “it’s unlikely executive producer Mark Burnett would do ‘men vs. women’ again without some new twist.” Among them: “For the first time, the premiere episode will be two hours long … is it because the premiere episode features twists, like, say, an extra challenge or a tribal changeup?” More evidence: “the official Survivor: Vanuatu Web site appears to completely avoid talk of the gender divide, with contestants’ tribal affiliations also not mentioned.” Also, SurvivorNews “hinted in weeks past at an unbalanced tribal makeup, such as a tribe featuring five men and four women, and vice-versa. The site also implied the castaways might be divided by age.”

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