PETA is preparing to crown this year’s Sexiest Vegan Next Door - and Chancellor Rose Partington has beaten out hundreds of other entrants from across the nation to advance to the final round of 20 contestants.

Partington is the son of Tony Partington, of Eastpoint, grandson of Cleo Partington and the late Rex Partington, of Apalachicola, and nephew of Dixie Partington, of Apalachicola.

Visitors to PETA.org can now help PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) select the two winners, who will each receive a free vacation for two to Hawaii, courtesy of Humane Travel

Partington went vegan over six years ago, inspired by a lifelong love of animals and his family’s history. His grandfather was one of two family members to survive the Holocaust.

“What was done to the Jewish people from whom I descend is the same horrific treatment endured by non-human animals today,” he said. “My grandfather’s tremendous courage gave me life. I see it as my moral duty and honor to dedicate it in service to those less fortunate.”

Partington works in client services at an animal hospital, where he’s proud to help animals and their guardians during times of crisis. He’s also a working runway model - the first transgender model to sign with the Salt Lake City–based agency that represents him. He frequently speaks about animal rights and LGBTQ+ issues at conferences, in college classrooms, on community television, and elsewhere.

“Chancellor Rose Partington has dedicated his life to advocating for justice for all living, feeling beings,” said PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “All the finalists in PETA’s Sexiest Vegan Next Door contest prove that there’s nothing sexier than making the world a kinder place.”

Voting to help PETA determine which finalists it should select as the winners ends at noon on Monday, May 13. The winners - who will be selected based on several factors, including vote count - will be announced on May 20. This is the first year that the contest is gender neutral, a development that inspired Partington to enter.

PETA, whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat,” opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview.

For more information, please visit PETA.org and cast your vote. Or go directly to tinyurl.com/y2tkbkjc