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Love Island 'to accept applications from non-binary contestants for 2022 series'


‘It’s all about inclusivity and breaking down boundaries:’ Love Island ‘to accept applications from non-binary contestants for 2022 series’


This year’s Love Island is set to be its most diverse yet, as it has been reported that the show’s bosses are actively encouraging non-binary Islanders to apply.

The popular ITV2 reality show is accepting applications from those who do not identify as male or female for the 2022 series, reports The Sun.

When asked for their gender on the application form, hopefuls are given the option to put male, female, non-binary, prefer not to say or prefer to self-describe.

Inclusive: This year's Love Island is set to be its most diverse yet, as it has been reported that the show's bosses are actively encouraging non-binary Islanders to apply

Inclusive: This year’s Love Island is set to be its most diverse yet, as it has been reported that the show’s bosses are actively encouraging non-binary Islanders to apply

They are also asked to state their sexual orientation as straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual or other. 

A TV source told the publication: ‘Producers are under more pressure than ever to make this series as woke as possible after it has previously come under criticism for its lack of diversity.

‘The move could make the basic rules of the show complicated, as each coupling ceremony separates boys and girls, but they are keen to have a non-binary contestant this year. It’s all about inclusivity and breaking down boundaries.’

Diverse: The popular ITV2 reality show is accepting applications from those who do not identify as male or female for the 2022 series, reports The Sun

Diverse: The popular ITV2 reality show is accepting applications from those who do not identify as male or female for the 2022 series, reports The Sun 

MailOnline has contacted reps for Love Island for comment.

In the past years the premise of the show has been to split men and women up and for them to then partner with the opposite sex with those left single being dumped from the Island.

The show has been criticised for its lack of inclusivity over the years, and some have called upon bosses to include more diverse cast.

Non-binary: When asked for their gender on the application form, hopefuls are given the option to put male, female, non-binary, prefer not to say or prefer to self-describe

Non-binary: When asked for their gender on the application form, hopefuls are given the option to put male, female, non-binary, prefer not to say or prefer to self-describe

Last year, ITV’s director of television Kevin Lygo said: ‘Love Island is a particular thing. It’s about boys and girls coupling up, so if you want to do it as a gay version or you want to widen it, it is discussed and we haven’t yet found a way that would make it suitable for that show.’

Meanwhile ITV commissioner Amanda Stavri said in an interview with Radio Times that featuring same-sex relationships on Love Island would present a ‘logistical difficulty’.

According to Stavri, the show’s ‘format’ would present a ‘challenge’, because the series had to ‘give islanders an equal choice when coupling up’.

Last year’s series was won by Millie Court and Liam Reardon. 

Champions: Last year's series was won by Millie Court and Liam Reardon

Champions: Last year’s series was won by Millie Court and Liam Reardon

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