Lau­ren headed for Love Is­land

GREEN LIGHT AFTER SHOW EM­BRACES DI­VER­SITY

Sunday Sport - - NEWS - By BAR­NEY SAMUELS [email protected] sun­daysport. co. uk

TRANS beauty and ac­tivist Lau­ren Har­ries is set to join Love Is­land later this year after pro­duc­ers vowed to in­crease the di­ver­sity of con­tes­tants.

The shows bosses are said to be en­cour­ag­ing in­ter­sex and non- bi­nary in­di­vid­u­als to ap­ply for the 2019 se­ries.

And that gives the green light to 41- year- old Lau­ren, who was born James and who found fame aged 10 as an an­tiques ex­pert who ap­peared on the Wo­gan chat show. A source close to Love Is­land said: “There has been crit­i­cism that it se­lects a very nar­row range of con­tes­tants and it’s time to im­prove di­ver­sity.

“Lau­ren, who is one of the best known trans per­son­al­i­ties in Bri­tain, would tick so many boxes. And she looks great on a beach!” It was an­nounced last week that the hit re­al­ity show had opened its ap­pli­ca­tion process and asked po­ten­tial con­tes­tants whether they iden­tify as “male, fe­male, non- bi­nary or in­ter­sex”.

In­ter­sex peo­ple are born with any of sev­eral vari­a­tions of male and fe­male gen­i­talia while non- bi­nary peo­ple don’t fall into strict gen­der cat­e­gory.

The much- loved ITV2 se­ries has faced crit­i­cism for fo­cus­ing on het­ero­sex­ual re­la­tion­ships to the ex­clu­sion of oth­ers.

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