Hollyoaks' Ripley Lennox to open up over gender identity in new scenes

Amy West
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From Digital Spy

Hollyoaks' Ripley Lennox is set to open up about their gender identity in upcoming scenes.

To mark LGBTQ+ history month, the Channel 4 soap released a documentary titled 'What is Non-binary Gender Identity?' today (Friday, February 12) on its social media platforms.

In the video, actor Ki Griffin, who joined the series last year and is non-binary, recently confirmed that their character would describe themselves in the same way, meaning that they identify is "outside of the male and female binary of gender".

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Photo credit: Lime Pictures

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During the chat, they explained that viewers will see Ki tell friends Ollie Morgan (Gabriel Clark), Imran Maalik (Ijaz Rana) and Brooke Hathaway (Tylan Grant) that they are non-binary in a future episode.

"It's wonderful to have that positive representation for non-binary people, because we never see it, and it is so beautiful to be able to step in to the shoes of Ripley and be able to be like, 'Guys look, a non-binary character played by a non-binary human,'" they said.

Reflecting on their personal experience, Ki added: "I like to say that I sit within the gender spectrum in a boat."

Photo credit: Lime Pictures
Photo credit: Lime Pictures

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"Imagine a lake that's got two banks, one is masculinity, and one is femininity. I got on my little boat in the feminine bank, and then never docked again. Just stayed on my boat, I love the water."

In honour of Valentine's Day this weekend, Hollyoaks has also unveiled a line of e-cards that are inclusive of non-binary people.

Hollyoaks currently airs new episodes from Mondays to Thursdays at 6.30pm on Channel 4, with first look screenings at 7pm on E4.

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