Love Island wants a ‘non-binary’ contestant

Love Island wants a ‘non-binary’ contestant

Looking for love? Well look out. If you apply for Love Island (why would anyone…?) you risk running the chance of being matched with a person who identifies as non-binary.

The ITV2 reality TV show – hosted by Laura Whitmore - has opened up its application process to include those who don't identify as male or female, as it aims to be more inclusive and diverse than ever before.

A source told The Sun on Sunday newspaper: "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.”

ITV said: “The only stipulations are that applicants are over 18, single and looking for love.”

However, boss Kevin Lygo has ruled out including gay contestants, by saying: "we haven’t yet found a way that would make it suitable".

Binary spokeswoman, Kirralie Smith, said it sounds comical.

“So a bloke may get matched with a girl who thinks she is bloke? Or a girl may end up with a guy who is extremely feminine?” she said.

“Voyeurs will enjoy the spectacle no doubt. Even so, biology doesn’t change.

“There will be males or females on the show. That’s it. Employing ridiculous terms to appear woke doesn’t change the facts.”