The Miss Universe Organization has chosen to allow trangender contestant Jenna Talackova to compete, as GLAAD announces they are working with the organization to update their policies regarding transgender women.
“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,” says the Miss Universe Organization in a statement.
The “legal gender recognition requirements of Canada” are not spelled out, but if it’s good enough for GLAAD, it must be good enough to allow her to compete.
GLAAD spokesperson Herndon Graddick says, “The Miss Universe Organization made the right decision and has taken an
important first step. 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.”
Talackova was disqualified from the Miss Universe Canada pageant last month for being a transgender woman, but GLAAD called on the organization to review her case. She has yet to respond publicly to the news that she can compete if she so chooses.