Why did Bachelorette Katie Thurston apologize to LGBTQ fans?

THE BACHELORETTE Katie Thurston has made headlines for a social media post.

Katieapologized to LGBTQ fans after the post went viral.

Why did Bachelorette Katie Thurston apologize to LGBTQ fans?

In a now-deleted Instagram post from Katie, she is seen with female co-star Casandra Suarez, from Matt James’ season of The Bachelor.

The post showed Casandra kissing Katie on the neck.

After the picture was posted, rumors about her sexuality started speculating online and many users were believing that she was dropping a hint about her sexuality, in hopes this season might feature a bachelorette in the LGBTQ community.

As soon as the sexuality rumors started online, Katie released a statement on Twitter.

"I did not intend for this picture to be a statement about my sexuality. This is simply a friendship post. I’ve never spoken publicly about my sexuality nor am I doing so with this picture. Nothing but love for everyone," she wrote.

"I’ve read the comments to better understand why my post was offensive. I will continue to learn from my mistakes," she continued.

When is Katie Thurston's season of the Bachelorette?

Season 17 of The Bachelorette is set to air on ABC on June 7.

The 30-year-old Bachelorette finished in eleventh place on the 25th season of The Bachelor featuring Matt James.

There will be 34 men who will fight this season for Katie's heart.

How can I watch The Bachelorette?

The Bachelorette will air live on ABC June 7 at 8pm EST.

The following day, the episodes will be available to stream on ABC.com and Hulu.

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