"The Circle" on Netflix is a new reality television competition that's a virtual popularity/social media contest. Contestants can be themselves or catfish as different people altogether. Hosted by Michelle Buteau, this show is crazy fun.
More fun altogether, the show has plenty of LGBTQ+ representation in an already diverse and inclusive line-up. Supportive of each other while still keeping an eye on the 100,000 dollar prize, these LGBTQ+ stars are aiming for top spots. Let's see what they bring to the game.
A Miami gal, Sammie Cimarelli is a sweet and nurturing bisexual woman. One of the first contestants, Cimarelli established herself as a charismatic, colorful, and ethical character, seeking to genuinely bond with the others.
Self-described as "bottle service with brains" she doesn't hold back her personality and always messages her thoughts to others. Moreover, she's eager to make friends in the competition, offering emotional support to anyone who needs it. Sammie is currently still in the game, avoiding being blocked with her charm.
Karyn Blanco is a butch presenting lesbian that catfished everyone on "The Circle" as an ultra-femme woman named Mercedez. Blanco's strategy in the game was to come in with the illusion of a conventionally beautiful, mysterious woman.
A tactician, Blanco flirted and plotted against the other contestants with glee, incepting seeds of doubt in all of them. A hilarious 43-year-old, none of her choices were vindictive or mean, just a means to an end among all the younger contestants. Unfortunately, she was blocked, but we'll always remember her funny commentary.
Chris Sapphire is a gay man who is loved by all the contestants. His wit, charm, and style are keeping him in the game while taking notes on the others and planning his moves. Always clad in colorful and wild patterned suits, he's not in control of his appearance.
Sapphire's personality is not forceful, he's sweet and mindful of the others, but his mind is always on winning. His best skills so far are leadership and communication, which he'll need as he continues.
Miranda Bissonnette does not exactly label herself as LGBTQ+ but says she's been with women before. That ambiguity didn't stop her from flirting with all the other contestants. Bissonnette didn't really have a game plan to win, so much as she treated it as a dating competition instead.
Although sweet and wanting to make connections, her communication skills came off as aggressive and antagonistic and got called out for gaslighting Sammie. Unfortunately, Bissonnette was the lastest contestant to get blocked.