Ian Lynch is a Humber College graduate who has successfully become a standup comedian and MTV television host.
Lynch is most famous for his role on MTV’s original series 1 Girl 5 Gays is a proud gay male defending equality and exposing gender oppression.
Lynch, a Western University graduate, decided to enroll in Writing and Performance at Humber College to earn his post-graduate diploma. Lynch specialized in television writing, television production, hosting and online media.
“I got my undergrad at Western but I never worked harder academically than I did at Humber because it was so specialized and something I really wanted to do,” said Lynch. “I think that Humber was a really great way for me to get prepared to work in the industry.”
Lynch said being a cast member on the show gives him the ability to talk about issues people may not expect.
“The greatest thing about being a writer for TV and a television personality is I can bring issues into people’s living rooms,” he said.
“What was really special about it for me was everyone could relate to it whether you were gay or straight, a boy or a girl,” said Lynch. “People would write us on Twitter and share their stories, (saying they) have never met another gay person but when (they) watch (us they) feel like (they) have five friends.”
Jordan Orford, the 24-year-old founder of Humber’s Beyond the Rainbow club and a second-year Advertising and Graphic Design student, said the show has made an impact on the gay community.
“I think it made a difference in context to how the gay community is viewed,” said Orford. “The people on that show were relatable to most viewers within the LGBTQ+ community and they helped come to terms with certain body types and interests.”
Orford describes Beyond the Rainbow as an all-inclusive club for anyone who falls into the LGBTQ+ spectrum.
“It is a safe space where anyone can come and find a community of likeminded people at both the Humber Lakeshore and North campuses,” he said.
Cherry Mathews, a first-year Business Management student, said 1 Girl 5 Gays is a funny show. “I think it empowered the gay community and brought awareness to it.”