Love Island taking applications for non-binary Islanders to be more ‘inclusive’

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Love Island bosses will be accepting applications from people who identify as non-binary ahead of this year's new series, which will air in summer.

ITV's hit reality TV show sees a group of single Islanders come together in a stunning villa in Mallorca, ready to embark on a summer of dating, romance, and ultimately relationships.

22-year-old Liam Reardon and Millie Court, 24, were crowned the latest winners of the ITV2 show and bagged a cash prize of £50,000.

ITV producers have ensured this year's casting pool is even more inclusive and diverse as they allow applications from people who identify as non-binary.

The application form allows people to choose their gender from one of the following options: male, female, non-binary, prefer not to say and prefer to self-describe. Sexual orientation also gives five different options – straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual or other – reports The Mirror.

A source told The Sun: "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."

The announcement comes after ITV's director of television Kevin Lygo said they are still struggling to find a way to include LGBTQ+ couples in the show.

Kevin said: "Love Island is a particular thing, of course, it's about boys and girls coupling up.

"So if you wanted to do a gay version, or you wanted to widen it, it is discussed and we haven't yet found a way that would make it suitable for that show."

Last year, ITV commissioner Amanda Stavri said the show was keen to "encourage greater inclusivity and diversity" – but it was difficult to include gay Islanders because of the show's format.

She said: "There's been quite a few rumours circulating about featuring gay Islanders, so it's worth touching on that really.

"The line-up will be announced within time and it goes without saying that we want to encourage greater inclusivity and diversity. In terms of gay Islanders, I think the main challenge is regarding the format of Love Island."

An official start date hasn’t been confirmed for the new series.

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