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Shane Jenek, aka Courtney Act, not only won the show but also a legion of fans through using Big Brother as a platform to educate viewers on queer issues.

Australians have known and loved Shane Jenek, who performs as drag queen, Courtney Act, ever since the early days of Australian Idol.

Australians have known and loved Shane Jenek, who performs as drag queen, Courtney Act, ever since the early days of Australian Idol.

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Then in 2014, Jenek/Act captured an international audience on RuPaul’s Drag Race.

Then in 2014, Jenek/Act captured an international audience on RuPaul's Drag Race.

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“[Courtney] is more than an act. She’s part of my gender expression. I used to think Courtney was just an act, but that was because I felt uncomfortable, I thought it was wrong,” Jenek explained to his fellow housemates in an episode.

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“I used to think there was something wrong with admitting that you enjoy dressing as a woman. And now I'm like 'oh, I actually really love it!'.”

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