Transgender Man Wins ’Big Brother’ U.K.
A transgender man has been crowned the winner of "Big Brother U.K. 2012", thanks to a public vote, Gay Star News reported.
Luke Anderson, 31, a chef from Wales, was recently named the 13th winner of the popular reality TV show. Soon after Anderson left the "Big Brother" house on Monday, he told the show’s host Brain Dowling that winning hasn’t hit him.
"I don’t think it’s sunk in yet. A big part of it was about acceptance. All my life I’ve been an outsider," Anderson said. "Thank you so much."
Anderson, who spent 70 days in the house, underwent gender reassignment surgery four years ago. He revealed his past to his housemates on the second day of the game, when he told them that he was born a woman named Laura.
"I was born female and have had gender reassignment," he said. "I’m a biological woman. I have had chest surgery but not the other one yet. I left it as long as possible because I didn’t want to upset my parents. But in my brain I am a man."
Anderson isn’t the only transgender winner of "Big Brother": In 2004, Nadia Almada placed first after charming the British TV watchers on the hugely popular show (much more popular across the pond than in the States).