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Drag Race's Courtney Act Defeats Conservative Politician to Win Big Brother

Drag Race's Courtney Act Defeats Conservative Politician to Win Big Brother

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Using compassion and affability, the Australian drag sensation wins Britain's biggest reality competition.

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RuPaul's Drag Race season six contestant Courtney Act was crowned the winner of this season's Celebrity Big Brother, a reality competition juggernaut in the United Kingdom.

Act prevailed over conservative MP Anne Widdecombe, who placed second. Widdecombe opposed LGBT rights, including same-sex marriage, and said she hasn't changed her views after her time in the Big Brother "house."

Act, a 36-year-old Australian drag performer who's real name is Shane Janek, scored points for his warm friendships in the house, including with a straight man and a transgender woman, India Willoughby.

"I think the thing [Willoughby] struggled with is that people might see me and see her and think that we are the same thing," Act told the BBC. "She'd never identified as a drag queen. Drag is more performance-based, hers is about gender identity. She was never a man but she had a male body."

Act's entrance on the show was unforgettable; his skirt infamously fell to his feet in front of a live audience.

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Neal Broverman is the Editorial Director, Print of Pride Media, publishers of The Advocate, Out, Out Traveler, and Plus, spending more than 20 years in journalism. He indulges his interest in transportation and urban planning with regular contributions to Los Angeles magazine, and his work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times and USA Today. He lives in the City of Angels with his husband, children, and their chiweenie.
Neal Broverman is the Editorial Director, Print of Pride Media, publishers of The Advocate, Out, Out Traveler, and Plus, spending more than 20 years in journalism. He indulges his interest in transportation and urban planning with regular contributions to Los Angeles magazine, and his work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times and USA Today. He lives in the City of Angels with his husband, children, and their chiweenie.