Double Occupation South Africa: a trans candidate who is making the history of Quebec reality TV


Here we are again on MTL Blog, trying to make one Anglo care so much about Double Profession South Africa like the rest of Quebec.

This time around, however, it’s about more than reality TV.

For those of you who have no idea what Double occupation is, here is a Sparknotes version. The show, often referred to simply as OD, is a French-Canadian reality TV series that began in 2003 and has grown steadily since.

The premise is like many romantic series turned game shows, but with its own OD twist. There are two houses, one for girls and one for boys. Every week, women take out a man and vice versa until only a couple are left to celebrate the awards and bragging rights.

So what’s so different this year? Well, for the first time in OD history (who if you don’t count above is 16), they’re inviting a trans woman, Khate d’Amos, Quebec, to compete for champion glory. OD.

But we can’t help but think that she’s already a champion.

This season, the candidates are heading to South Africa. Previous seasons have seen the contestants live the luxury life in countries like Indonesia, Portugal and Greece.

Khate shared his excitement about being a part of the show earlier today on his Instagram page. The photo below was titled, “I’m a candidate for Occupation South Africa! 🇿🇦 # odafriquedusud @od_officiel”

“I am officially a candidate for the Double Occupation South Africa!

This decision marks an ongoing effort by the show to increase representation, Notes from Narcity Quebec, as in recent years, they have invited pansexual and bisexual candidates to compete.

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Khate shared his own excitement for his premier of the show on his Instagram page with the story below:

Khate Lessard is OD’s very first trans candidate!

She said: “My name is Khate, I am twenty-three years old and I come from Amos. I’m a caregiver and I host conferences to talk about my journey and allow young people to ask questions … and I’m really proud to be the first trans woman on Occupation Double! ”

Point out the adorable scream at the end which is completely contagious and has us just as excited for Khate as it probably is for herself !!!

This movement of Double occupation is not only fantastic for Khate as an individual, but also says a lot about portrayal in popular media.

There is no doubt that Khate has her own nerves and hesitations about appearing on the show, which she shared with a local Amos publication, The citizen.

Some of these concerns are, unfortunately, very common female worries, like the fact that she is not the thinnest. Other concerns obviously stem from his own journey through the transition and how the public and even other candidates may respond.

Hopefully these concerns are completely unnecessary.

Double occupation prime ministers on September 22, 2019 and you can watch it online here.

Read Narcity Quebec’s French coverage on this awesome news on their article here.


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