Ms World International Woman Pageant crowned Emma-Jay Webber as their beauty queen, "The Bachelorette" Josh Seiter's family posted on Instagram that he was dead when he wasn't, and Danielle McGahey becomes the first trans cricketer.
Emma-Jay Webber Becomes First Lesbian Pageant Winner
The Ms World International Woman Pageant that took place in Miami Beach on Aug. 31 crowned Emma-Jay Webber as their beauty queen. Webber is now the first lesbian finalist of an international beauty pageant, and she plans to use her status to help push for LGBT inclusivity worldwide.
Webber is a forklift driver and mother of two from the UK and is “very proud” of how far the UK has come in terms of inclusivity in pageantry. Webber told Pink News that more needs to be done to change the “heteronormative industry.”
“It’s incredible to be able to use this platform to promote my love of LGBTQ+ rights. This is a dream title to win,” said Webber.
Josh Seiter of ‘The Bachelorette’ Is Alive Despite Reports
Josh Seiter. Photo via josh_seiter_official, Instagram.
Several reports were made that Josh Seiter is dead after his family played a “cruel joke” on his Instagram page announcing he was dead.
The false statement said the following: “It is with an extremely heavy heart that we share the tragic news of Joshua’s unexpected passing. His fearless voice and indomitable spirit helped thousands of people in their darkest moments feel just a little less alone.”
The statement concluded by providing crisis resources.
Seiter issued a statement via Instagram proving he’s alive and that his account was hacked by his own family.
Many news outlets have condemned the actions of Seiter’s family for joking about suicide and have felt the need to explain why it is not acceptable.
Danielle McGahey Becomes First Trans Cricketer
Danielle McGahey. Photo via bbcsports, Twitter.
Danielle McGahey is a part of Canada’s squad for a qualifying tournament to compete in the 2024 Women’s T20 World Cup in Bangladesh. This means McGahey is set to become the first transgender cricketer to play in an official international match, as long as she passes the qualifiers.
The 29-year-old trans athlete has fulfilled all the eligibility criteria the International Cricket Council (ICC) has for male-to-female transgender players, which has caused backlash from many outlets, including the Women’s Rights Network (WRN).
McGahey’s participation is rare among sports, as transgender women have been banned from elite women’s competitions in many countries across the world.
However, McGahey is required to do blood tests every month to determine her testosterone levels and must report who she has played against in her player profile and how many runs were scored.
Regardless of her heavy requirements to participate in Cricket on an international scale, McGahey told BBC Sports, “I am absolutely honored. To be able to represent my community is something I never dreamed I would be able to do.”