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Why is it "Too Logistically" Difficult to Feature More LGBT Couples on Love Island?



- DEMI LYNCH -


For six years Love Island UK has been bringing in the viewers worldwide.


The ITV programme has been a smash hit!


However, ITV programming boss Kevin Lygo says it's unlikely the show will prioritise being more inclusive to the LGBTQIA+ community. ⁠


"Love Island is a particular thing, it’s about boys and girls coupling up so if you want to do a gay version, or widen it, it is discussed and we haven’t yet found a way that would make it suitable for that show.”⁠

This isn't the time the Queer community have been dismissed by the popular show.


Earlier this year ITV commissioner Amanda Stavri said having "gay islanders" would be a "logistical difficulty." ⁠


“Although Islanders don’t have to be 100 percent straight, the format must sort of give Islanders an equal choice when coupling up," she says. ⁠

Love Island UK has only featured one same-sex pairing in the past six seasons; and even then critics claim the show trivialised them and treated the couple as some sort of novelty.


As the publication 'Digital Spy' perfectly puts it: "By insisting on prioritising a heteronormative structure and presuming a gender binary, the sun-soaked series is not nurturing an inclusive environment that allows for relationships, or people that are outside of those confines, to truly flourish."⁠



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