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Vegan Drag Queen Wins Celebrity Big Brother

Former RuPaul's Drag Race contestant said her win represents public acceptance of individuals who are different.

Australian performer Courtney Act (born Shane Jenek) won United Kingdom-reality show Celebrity Big Brother last week. Act—who also appeared on reality show RuPaul’s Drag Race in 2014—explained in a video she made for last year's World Vegetarian Day her reason for adopting a vegan lifestyle. “The raising of animals and the farming of animals destroys our planet,” Act said, “and so it is really important that we start to move toward a plant-based diet because even if you don’t believe in climate change, climate change actually doesn’t give a [expletive] because it’s just going to happen with or without you." In regard to her win, Act told BBC that it represents the show’s acceptance of those who are different. “My inspiration coming into the house was that teenage boy who didn't quite know where he belonged or how he fit in and feeling inspired by the Spice Girls,” Act said, “and not knowing what that meant but knowing if it was ok for them to be different, then it was ok for me to be different. I guess it's validation that it's ok to be different.” Act was chosen the winner over finalist (and former member of parliament) Ann Widdecombe, who consistently voted against LGBTQ issues while in office.

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New Investor Coalition to Combat Meat Problem in China

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IKEA Debuts Plant-Based Hot Dogs

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Rooney Mara Launches Luxury Vegan Fashion Line

New fashion brand Hiraeth includes faux-leather pants, velvet garments, and combat boots—all made ethically in Los Angeles.
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This Week on VegNews TV: The secret to these delightful sweet treats is white beans! Aylin Erman shows you how to make these simple blondies.

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