Another great job from GLAAD—the LGBT media watchdog org has worked with the Miss Universe Organization to reinstate that stunning transgender woman who was disqualified for being born a man.
The Miss Universe Organization, which is partly owned by Donald Trump, has done an about-face on the matter and released the following statement:
“The Miss Universe Organization will allow Jenna Talackova to compete in the 2012 Miss Universe Canada pageant provided she meets the legal gender recognition requirements of Canada, and the standards established by other international competitions.”
It’s safe to say Donald Trump, who has previously bloviated rather idiotically against marriage equality in his fake presidential candidacies, signed off on these agreements to move toward inclusion of all women.
“The Miss Universe Organization made the right decision and has taken an important first step,” said GLAAD spokesperson Herndon Graddick. “Now, GLAAD urges the Organization to include all women and use this incident to speak out in support of the transgender community.”
“So many women today do not have equal opportunities for employment, housing and safety simply because they are transgender. The Miss Universe Organization should look to state non-discrimination laws and institutions including the Olympics, NCAA and The CW’s America’s Next Top Model, which do not discriminate against transgender women,” said Graddick.
Now that Jenna can compete, it begs the question: how long will it take for beauty-pageant judges to crown the first transgender woman winner?
Photo via Model Mayhem