Australian drag star Courtney Act has gone viral after sharing her thoughts on the scale of gender and sexuality on the UK’s Celebrity Big Brother this week.
Speaking to fellow housemate India Willoughby, Britain’s first transgender TV newsreader, Courtney said: “We know that a lot of people just see us as the same and we both know that that’s completely incorrect.
“I think the tricky thing is that my feeling is that gender does exist on a spectrum.
“I would say that it’s like the Kinsey Scale with sexuality from zero to six, where zero is exclusively heterosexual and six is exclusively homosexual.
“I think that gender’s similar where if one is female and six is male, I’m probably a four or a three-and-a-half. I’m close to the middle but I’m on the male side of the middle.
“It is more complex because there is more than two answers and people aren’t used to that. They’re like male, female… Got it.
“I think the conversation will evolve, hopefully.”
— Big Brother UK (@bbuk) January 7, 2018
The clip, which was posted on Big Brother UK’s Twitter account receiving 15,000 likes and 4,000 retweets.
— Ryan Nelson (@RyanJohnNelson) January 7, 2018
Courtney Act has been serving truth maturity and intelligence since Ru Paul's Drag Race season 6, a QUEEN https://t.co/fuysZObF8q
— cat (@catcainn) January 8, 2018
I’ve never been interested, or even cared much about Gender identity and sexual identity issues, but @courtneyact is so articulate with the subject I can’t help but be fascinated. I’ve learnt a lot watching #CBB ??
— James (@jamesj_96) January 8, 2018
Courtney entered the Celebrity Big Brother house on Friday night, but suffered an epic wardrobe malfunction in front of the live studio audience.
Courtney is the drag alter-ego of Brisbane-born performer Shane Jenek, who first became a household name in Australia on the first season of Australian Idol.
In 2014, she became a worldwide star when she scored runner-up on RuPaul’s Drag Race’s sixth season.