Although the Miss Universe Organization has allowed finalist Jenna Talackova to compete, the embattled transgender woman is not sure she wants to, given that they have asked her to “[meet] the legal gender recognition requirements of Canada, and the standards established by other international competitions.”
Talackova has taken on women’s rights lawyer Gloria Allred, and the two held a press conference earlier today. They did not announce whether she would be competing, implying that they will sue the competition if it will not go farther and remove its discriminatory policy.
Allred blasted Donald Trump’s handling of the situation, saying that Talackova minded her own business when it came to the Donald’s junk.
“Jenna entered this competition and gave the pageant her time, her best efforts and her money. She did not think for one moment that what she might have looked like at birth would be relevant. She did not ask Mr. Trump to prove that he is a naturally-born man, or to see the photos of his birth, to view his anatomy, to prove that he was male. It made no difference to her. Why should it have made a difference to him?”
Trump called in to TMZ to say he “couldn’t care less” if Talackova competed, and that Allred would be “very impressed” with his genitalia.
And Talackova, for her part, issued the following statement:
When I was selected as a finalist, I was thrilled. I had always dreamed of being in the Miss Universe competition, and having an opportunity to represent my country, Canada. After I was chosen for the finals, I was told that there was an issue that had arisen regarding my being a contestant, and that the final decision was going to be made by the Miss Universe organization.
Then I was told by representatives of the Miss Universe Canada Pageant that I could not compete, because the rule stated that I had to be a “naturally born” woman, and they said I was not.
I am a woman. I was devastated and I felt that excluding me for the reason that they gave was unjust.
I have never asked for any special consideration. I only wanted to compete.
I saw the statement by Mr. Trump’s representative that was issued yesterday, and I find it quite confusing.
I wish Mr. Trump would just say, in plain words, whether or not I will be allowed to compete and, if I win, whether I will be allowed to represent Canada in the Miss Universe competition. I also want Mr. Trump to clearly state that this rule will be eliminated because I do not want any other woman to suffer the discrimination that I have to endure.
GLAAD states that, “While the discriminatory rule is still in place, last night GLAAD announced that we have had ongoing discussions with the Miss Universe Competition and are working with them to review and update the current policies.”