Love Island 2018 to include lesbian and gay contestants for first time
The next series of Love Island will reportedly include LGBT contestants for the first time.
The ITV2 reality series has been hugely popular since making its return in 2015, with rapidly increasing ratings each season. However, the show has received some complaints for its largely heteronormative portrayal of love, dating and relationships.
Apart from a brief romance between Katie Salmon and Sophie Gradon in series two, there have only ever been straight couplings on the show.
However, this year Love Island allegedly plans to be more representative by including lesbian, gay and bisexual contestants on the show.
A source informed The Daily Star: “ITV want to increase the shock factor of the show and keep people talking, by having LGBT people included.
“The main thing they came under fire for was sex on TV, which people have now started to accept, so come next series people won’t really care about that.”
The insider continued: “They can’t go on forever pretending the gay community doesn’t exist. It’s only a matter of time.”
Love Island will return later this year on ITV2.