Meet the gay contestants competing on ‘Survivor 44’

Will these homosexuals outsmart, outperform, and survive?

The 44th season of Survivor features quite a few LGBTQ+ men in its cast.

In 23 years on the air, Survivor has evolved considerably in many respects. Gameplay has been constantly evolving, complex twists have been introduced, Jeff Probst has grown as host and producer, and the cast has become much more diverse.

On Wednesday, March 1, CBS premiered the highly anticipated Survivor 44, which takes place in the Mamanuca Islands, Fiji. This group of 18 castaways will once again have to outsmart, outsmart and survive their fellow competitors for 26 days.

Survivor Season 44 airs Wednesdays on CBS.

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Josh Wilder

Josh Wilder is a 34-year-old surgical podiatrist from Atlanta, Georgia. It is very clear that Wilder is a Survivor superfan, and some of his favorite past castaways include Jeremy and Davie. As a clearly very athletic person, Wilder has the potential to do well in competitions throughout the season.

Matthew Grinstead Mayle

From Columbus, Ohio, Matthew Grinstead-Mayle is 43 years old and owns a hair salon. He was a day one fan of Survivor and feels ready to compete after spending an entire childhood in the wilderness climbing trees, swimming and making fires in his spare time.

Yamil ‘Yam Yam’ Arocho

Yamil ‘Yam Yam’ Arocho is a 36-year-old salon owner from San Juan, Puerto Rico. Arocho started watching Survivor when he was 13 and became obsessed with OG winner Richard Hatch, who was already a gay man at the time. He also greatly admires Survivor legend Sandra, who is Puerto Rican like him.

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