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Transgender Contestant Disqualified From Miss Universe Canada Competition

Jenna Talackova has been disqualified from competing in Miss Universe Canada because she is a transgender woman.

The organization says: "Jenna Talackova from Vancouver, British Columbia will not compete in the 2012 Miss Universe Canada competition 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, a spokesperson says she did not meet the requirement that "all contestants must be naturally born females."

While accurate, it's odd that Miss Universe did not know about her background before they accepted her.

In fact, Talackova even competed in Thailand's Miss International Queen, a pageant for transgendered women.

"I regard myself as a woman... with a history," she said at the competition when asked whether she regarded herself as transgender or a woman.

A petition to reverse the decision has so far garnered over 30,200 signatures.

March 27, 2012 |

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