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Love Island on whether 2019 application form is more non-binary/intersex-inclusive

Love Island on whether 2019 application form is more non-binary/intersex-inclusive

Love Island contestants in 2017 | Photo: ITV

Reports that surfaced this week that UK reality TV show Love Island has made its application procedure more gender and intersex-inclusive aren’t quite accurate, it turns out.

OK! claimed this year’s application form asks respondents to if they identify as male, female, non-binary or intersex, while pointing out the show’s received criticism for a lack of focus on LGBTI relationships in the past.

However, ITV confirmed to Digital Spy that the application form in question hasn’t actually changed, so the question was on the form before.

Katie Salmon and the late Sophie Garden were the first same-sex couple on the dating show last year.

The application process for the next series opened on New Year’s Eve 2018.

‘We’d consider two series a year’

Love Island producer Richard Cowley previously addressed the discussion around LGBTI people on the show at the 2018 TV BAFTAs.

‘We’ve had bisexual people in the show – for a dating show, you need everyone to fancy everyone, so if you have gay and heterosexual in the same place, they’re not going to fancy each other.’

He furthermore added: ‘[So] we’d have to dedicated show [for that]… Absolutely we’d consider two series a year.’

Series Five of Love Island airs this summer. Series 4 was its most-watched series yet, attracting 3.4 million viewers.