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.

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.