Anne Jakkaphong Jakrajutatip bought the Miss Universe Organization for $20 million, Sam Smith and Kim Petras make Billboard's No. 1 song, and "Jeopardy!" featured a non-binary contestant.

Trans Advocate Buys Miss Universe Pageant for $20M

Anne Jakkaphong Jakrajutatip, a Thai businesswoman and transgender advocate bought the Miss Universe Organization for $20 million.

This makes her the first woman to own a global beauty pageant.

“We seek not only to continue its legacy of providing a platform to passionate individuals from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and traditions, but also to evolve the brand for the next generation,” she said in a press release.

Following the announcement, Endeavor President Mark Shapiro said in a statement that he’s “proud of the progress the organization has made in becoming a more inclusive and powerful platform where women can advance both their business objectives and their cause-based work.”

Jakrajutatip is the CEO of JKN Global Group and is a reality TV star. She also helped establish Life Inspired for Transsexual Foundation, a nonprofit transgender rights group. 

 

 

Sam Smith & Kim Petras Make LGBT History with Billboard No. 1 Song

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Sam Smith (left), photo by pitpony.photography, via Wikipedia. Kim Petras (right), photo by Nokia62, via Wikipedia.

Sam Smith and Kim Petras hit song “Unholy” reached the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

According to Billboard, Smith and Petras are the first publicly non-binary and transgender soloists, respectively, to top the Hot 100.

Smith took to Instagram to express the achievement, writing, “I can’t believe it. Number 1 in America. I am honestly speechless, overwhelmed, [nauseous], and extremely happy. This song is so special to me for so many reasons and I am just so proud of everyone involved for their bravery and guts and spirit.”

Petras echoed these thoughts saying, “NUMBER ONE HOT 100! I’m so grateful. Sam I can’t thank you enough for riding with me for years at this point. I’m so honored to be a part of your first number one in the U.S. which you should have 500 of at this point. I love you forever angel Sam.”

While this is a huge moment for the artist, it is also one meant to be celebrated by the LGBT community.

First Non-binary Contestant Competes on ‘Jeopardy!’

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Rowan Ward. Photo via "Jeopardy!"/YouTube.

The first non-binary contestant, Rowan Ward, will be featured on “Jeopardy!”

Ward appeared on Oct. 26 and will compete for a spot in the Tournament of Champions. This is Ward’s second appearance on the show.

Ward is a sportswriter specializing in horse racing. They didn’t come out as nonbinary until after their first “Jeopardy!” appearance meaning they competed originally with the name they used before coming out.

In an interview with NPR they said, “It felt like the right decision at the time, but then when it aired, I was very excited that it happened but I was also kind of sad because I know that this name isn’t long for the world, but it's going to follow me around in this context forever because I was on ‘Jeopardy!’ under it. And to get a second chance to play ‘Jeopardy’! as Rowan Ward means everything to me.”

Regardless of the outcome, Ward has made history for the popular show.


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