A gay/straight brother team and a lesbian couple are among the 11 teams competing in the upcoming 16th season of CBS’ The Amazing Race.
Daniel and Jordan Pious are brothers from Barrington, Rhode Island. Daniel, 24, is straight, and Jordan, 22, is gay. Jordan always wanted to be on the Race because it was his #1 dream in life. Says Daniel, in his cast biography, “All I really want is to make it far enough so Jordan feels as if his dream is achieved.”
“My coming out and being comfortable with myself really started to happen in high school and actually my brother was the first person i came out to in my immediate family,” said Jordan. “My brother means the world to me and what we have right now is everything and he is without a doubt my best friend.”
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Carol Rosenfeld, 47, and Brandy Snow, 40, are from Los Angeles, and had been dating for 5 months when the race began taping in November, although they’ve know each other for more than 2 years.
“I think there will be a cross section of opinions about us,” says Rosenfeld. “I think people unfortunately who’ve never been around gay women are going to have some pre-determined points of view and opinions” and they hope competing in the race will enable them to “change some minds and hearts.”
Also contestants this season, Jeff Schroeder and Jordan Lloyd, from CBS’ Big Brother 11. (Jordan won BB11.)
The Amazing Race 16 premieres Sunday, February 14 at 8 p.m. ET.
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