RuPaul’s Drag Race alumnus and total angel superstar Courtney Act has pipped Conservative MP Anne Widdecombe to win this year’s Celebrity Big Brother in the UK.
Her triumphant victory comes after a season that’s given the public, both in the UK and abroad, a lot to think about. Courtney, who’s known as Shane Jenek when not in drag, spent much of her time in the house educating her fellow housemates about the intricacies of gender in a sensitive and generous way.
Courtney also took the time to (kindly) school some of the blokes in the house about the very real and important differences between drag and being transgender.
All of this took place in a house that included Widdicombe, a 70-year-old former MP who actively voted against LGBT rights. Many fans of the show considered Courtney’s victory to be as much a symbolic as a personal one.
I decided to watch #CBB for the first time this year just because I'm a fan of @courtneyact. But it has become so much more than that. It has become a fight between equality and bigotry. Acceptance and judgement. Love and hate. Make the right choice. Vote for #CBBSHANEJ. ????
— Sarah Christina (@sarahchristinah) January 31, 2018
— Archbishop Cranmer (@His_Grace) January 31, 2018
This win is SO SIGNIFICANT for the LGBT+ community! This is a MESSAGE. ????
— Karl with a K (@Karl_MCR) February 2, 2018
— Ethan (@EthanLBruce) February 2, 2018
THIS is why visibility, open discussion, representation, challenging people & sticking to your beliefs are important.
Thank you British public! Thank you @courtneyact for being yourself and challenging out dated views!
— Christopher D. Clegg (@chrisdclegg) February 2, 2018
— David ✨ (@d_cshn) February 2, 2018
— Nick Bain (@bainser) February 2, 2018
— Trixie Mattel (@trixiemattel) February 3, 2018
We’re as thrilled as anyone that Our Courtney took home the Big Brother crown – not just because she’s Australian, but because it indicates that we might finally be moving, as a species, towards a brighter, more accepting, more joyous future.