New season of 'Amazing Race' to feature gay brothers, including one from Fort Worth

Posted on 10 Sep 2009 at 7:44am
Dan, left, and Sam McMillen
Dan, left, and Sam McMillen

The new season of CBS’ “Amazing Race” will feature a pair of gay brothers, one of whom is from Fort Worth. Dan, 21, and Sam McMillen, 23, are natives of Liberty, Mo., but CBS says Sam currently resides in Cowtown, and reports indicate that he may be studying medicine at Texas Christian University. Sam and I have one mutual friend on Facebook, campus LGBT leader Skye Newkirk (and he has a whopping total of 1,561). It will be interesting to see how his appearance on the show is received at conservative TCU. According to their bio on the Amazing Race Web site, “Sam and Dan will tell you that their relationship did not truly start until last summer when they both came out and told each other that they were gay.” Read the full bio after the jump. Below is a video interview with Dan and Sam.

“Brothers for 21 years, Sam and Dan will tell you that their relationship did not truly start until last summer when they both came out and told each other that they were gay.

“Growing up Christian in a conservative community, neither one of them felt comfortable enough coming out at an early age but after doing so, they’ve found a whole new bond with one another and instantly became closer through honesty and trust.  Sam and Dan will tell you that being gay is only one of the many aspects of their lives.

“Dan describes himself as organized, open-minded and spontaneous and hopes to gain a new sense of appreciation for his life from running the Race with his brother.  His hobbies include exercise, volunteering and traveling.

“Sam claims to be optimistic and happy-go-lucky and his hobbies include cinema, logic games and anything involving the outdoors.  Communication may be the biggest challenge for this Team, as they claim to be polar opposites.  From academic interests to how they approach tasks, these brothers are very different in everything they do.  Due to his passive mentality, Sam will need to be more vocal to overcome Dan’s blunt, assertive personality in order to contribute to the team while on the road.

“Sam is pursuing a degree in medicine while Dan has one more year left at William Jewell College to complete his business degree.  When asked what former Team they would model their style of play after, Sam points to Nick and Starr because they maintained a positive attitude which carried them to the $1 million prize. Dan identifies with the competitive style of Rob and Amber.  Both brothers hope that the Race will take their new found closeness to the next level and help them forge an even stronger bond.”

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