Pop Minute

Home    Photos    Videos    What's on TV Tonight


Transgender Contestant Allowed To Compete For Miss Universe Canada

After disqualifying Jenna Talackova from Miss Universe Canada, the pageant has reversed its decision.

Talackova was disqualified last week because "she did not meet the requirements to compete despite having stated otherwise on her entry form."

The 23-year-old, who has been living her life as a female since age 4, started hormone therapy at age 14 and underwent gender reassignment surgery at the age of 19.

She was among the 65 finalists for the 2012 competition.

However, following the outpouring of support for Talackova, including a petition that got nearly 42,000 signatures, the organization says it "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."

GLAAD, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, is obviously pleased with the overturned decision.

"The Miss Universe Organization made the right decision and has taken an important first step," says a spokesperson.

"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."

April 3, 2012 |

Related Posts
  Miss Universe Canada Crowns Wrong Contestant Winner After Typo
  Miss USA Olivia Culpo Crowned 2012 Miss Universe
  Swimsuit Rounds From Miss Universe and Preliminaries With All 88 Contestants
  Transgender Contestant Disqualified From Miss Universe Canada Competition
  Angola's Leila Lopes Crowned Miss Universe 2011
  Contestants Compete In Miss Universe 2011 Swimsuit Round (Video)
  Miss Universe 2009 Top 15 Swimsuit Competition (Video)
  Miss Venezuela Stefania Fernandez Crowned Miss Universe 2009 Winner
  Miss Universe Dayana Mendoza: Guantanamo Bay 'A Loooot Of Fun'




© Copyright & Privacy Policy Pop Minute. All rights reserved. | Feedback



 
Justin Bieber Banned From China Because of His 'Bad Behavior'
Kylie Jenner Pranks Family Members With Help Of Her Wax Figure
Paige Davis Returning To Host 'Trading Spaces' Revival on TLC
Stephen Colbert Rents The 'Trump Pee Pee Tape' Hotel Room For A Night
Zoe Kazan's Mom Was Pumped To Watch Her Have Sex In 'The Big Sick'
Seth Meyers Takes 'Closer Look' at Trump Turning on Jeff Sessions
Charlize Theron and Jimmy Fallon Dance Battle On 'Tonight Show'
Ryan Seacrest Returning To Host 'American Idol' Reboot
Monica Lewinsky Lauds Jay-Z For Admitting To Infidelity On '4:44'

Latest Photos (bikini babes)

   

Bella Thorne | Ximena Cordoba | Kristina Peric | Melissa Satta