Colton Underwood was taught that women were, in fact, best — and now he wants them to tell him why

Before Colton Underwood took on a star-making role as the star of The Bachelor, he was a regular girl who was seemingly accepted by both her high school and religion. Now, he’s finally opening…

Colton Underwood was taught that women were, in fact, best — and now he wants them to tell him why

Before Colton Underwood took on a star-making role as the star of The Bachelor, he was a regular girl who was seemingly accepted by both her high school and religion. Now, he’s finally opening up about how he was taught to treat women with a label: black.

Underwood, a freshman on The Bachelorette, told a crowd of college students that his personal values would inform every aspect of his life, including who he chooses for love. And now, one of those students is sharing their personal stories to help educate Underwood on queer culture and issues. Young fans have written Colton Underwood, Paige Johnson and Hannah Brown describing how Underwood had a huge influence on them as young people.

A group of fans invited the collegiate trio to UVA to talk about the LGBTQ rights movement, which was recently strengthened by the Supreme Court’s ruling to allow trans children to use the restroom that is consistent with their gender identity.

While Underwood was in Charlottesville for his meet-and-greet, one audience member said that his “open relationship” with his mom made him an inspiration.

Although she lives on the west coast, watching her ex-boyfriend enter the reality dating world would have driven her crazy. “I didn’t want to see him out in public, I didn’t like his idea of his life.

“Now she’s like, ‘Oh my god, he’s doing it! He’s doing it.’ It feels so good to see your daughter not judgemental about people like that, to make sure they’re doing the right thing, coming out, getting that education.”

Underwood agreed that his Christian upbringing had taught him to put women first. “I would say definitely more so than any other religion. A lot of church isn’t about being happy and it’s not about love. When your parents are screaming, ‘Don’t look at that girl!’ And, I guess I learned that one really hard.”

What does he need from the LGBTQ community when choosing a partner? “I just need people to be themselves. Maybe I see it less as a religion and maybe I see it more as relationships and communication. Maybe I just need a young person to be in a relationship and connect and love each other. At the end of the day, I just need to share love. Right now, I need to just keep my focus where I love, where I’m loving and learning.”

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