After more than two weeks of discussions, GLAAD and the Miss Universe Organization announced on Tuesday that transgender woman Jenna Talackova will now be allowed to compete for the crown in its beauty competitions.
The changing of the rules was initiated when it was found out that Miss Talackova was born as a male and had gender reassignment surgery when she was 19 years old. She was then summarily dismissed for breaking the rule that a competitor must be born a woman.
“For more than two weeks, the Miss Universe Organization and Mr. Trump made it clear to GLAAD that they were open to making a policy change to include women who are transgender,” said GLAAD spokesperson Herndon Graddick. “We appreciate that he and his team responded swiftly and appropriately. The Miss Universe Organization today follows institutions that have taken a stand against discrimination of transgender women including the Olympics, NCAA, the Girl Scouts of America and The CW’s America’s Next Top Model. Jenna and all of the LGBT advocates who have called for this change and spoken out in support of transgender women are to be commended. At a time when transgender people are still routinely denied equal opportunities in housing, employment and medical care, today’s decision is in line with the growing levels of public support for transgender people across the country.”
“We want to give credit where credit is due, and the decision to include transgender women in our beauty competitions is a result of our ongoing discussions with GLAAD and not Jenna’s legal representation, which if anything delayed the process,” said Miss Universe president Paula Shugart. “We have a long history of supporting equality for all women, and this was something we took very seriously.”
wait is it that ivanka trump looks exactly like this trans miss universe or does miss transuniverse look exactly like ivanka trump??
Miss Universe this year – enter if you got the balls!