Sex-change women allowed to enter Miss Universe

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NEW YORK—Donald Trump’s Miss Universe contest on Tuesday threw open its doors to transgender models, allowing men who have had a sex change the chance to be crowned the world’s most beautiful woman.

Jenna Talackova, who advanced to the finals of the Miss Canada competition, part of the Miss Universe contest, and was recently forced out of the competition, shows her passport that lists her gender as female, at a news conference in Los Angeles on April 3. Talackova says she was forced out of the competition because Pageant officials alleged she was not ‘a naturally-born female.’ AP

The transgender contestants will be able to strut their stuff in the international beauty championships starting in 2013, while pioneering sex-change model Jenna Talackova will be allowed to take part this year, said gay and transgender rights organization GLAAD.

“The Miss Universe Organization today follows institutions that have taken a stand against discrimination of transgender women including the Olympics,” said Herndon Graddick, a spokesman for the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.

“At a time when transgender people are still routinely denied equal opportunities in housing, employment and medical care, today’s decision is in line with the growing levels of public support for transgender people across the country.”

Paula Shugart, president of the Miss Universe Organization, said on GLAAD’s website: “We have a long history of supporting equality for all women, and this was something we took very seriously.”

The reversal of longstanding policy followed a campaign by Talackova, a statuesque, blonde transgender model from Canada, who says she underwent surgery to become a woman because she was born in “the wrong body.”

The Miss Universe organization, owned by flamboyant and controversial real estate magnate Trump, cited a rule that contestants, who appear before judges in a variety of gowns and skimpy clothing, must be “naturally born” women.

Backed by GLAAD and celebrity feminist lawyer Gloria Allred, Talackova took on the system, arguing, as Allred said, that “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.”

Talackova, 23, underwent her sex change operation when she was 19 and is identified on her Canadian passport as a woman.

Miss Universe gave in last week, saying it would “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.”

Tuesday’s announcement saw that ruling expanded to include all transgender beauty hopefuls.

Miss Universe is “close to finalizing” the wording of the new policy but it “includes transgender women in time for the start of this fall’s 2013 pageant season; a time when most of the competitions around the world begin to take place.”

The entry of transgender contestants does not actually mean that any woman can vie for the crown. Not only must hopefuls be between 18 and 26 years old, one major taboo remains: motherhood.

“No, contestants may not be married or pregnant,” the missuniverse.com/missusa website says.

“They must not have ever been married, not had a marriage annulled nor given birth to, or parented, a child. The titleholders are also required to remain single throughout their reign.”

The 2011 Miss Universe winner was 25-year-old Leila Lopes, Miss Angola, who told judges she was so beautiful she “wouldn’t change a thing,” but her best trait was her “inner beauty.”

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  • legrandcharles

    “one major taboo remains: motherhood”

    Well with these new, er, type of contestants they won’t have to worry about this. It may look like the real thing but the parts don’t work like the real thing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/melemino Max Elemino

    This is a great insult to our women.The organizer must be awarded an electric chair.

  • Patas

    What is next, taking off the ‘gender or sex’ clause in any resume or personal info?
    Yep! Then they will just put there: Animal or Human.
    Mabuti pa ang mga hayop, alam nila kung ano ang kasarian nila…. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AFDQQH2M3OD6ZGBJNJ34UZHIV4 Enrico

    Baliktad na talaga ang mundo, ang mga alien laging panalo. Sad very sad…

  • ThudOthwacker

    The gate crasher got his way. This is a sad day for women liberation movement pioneers. They fought the battle for recognition long and hard. Only in the end, to witness a man take it away.

  • exterminator1

    nakakasuka na to at di na sila naawa sa mga tunay na babae

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IJ2DA4ZHFHZOM2I2UCLJGFY7GI Shai

      Yah… pag transgender puede…pag babae na may anak di puede, samantalang may ebidensya na tunay na babae yun… nanganak eh….bobo talaga to si Donald Trump.  Nag ambisyon pa naman maging presidente ng U.S.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jhongonzalesjr Jhon Gonzales Jr.

    I’m jhon gonzales jr,  I know where and how one becomes gay, “its” origin and source, I’ll be launching a blog to explain all of it. The title of the blog is “THE SALVATION OF MAN-KIND” wherein it is the saving of what’s left of the MAN KIND and the existence of MANKIND.
    Also called “THE SALVATION OF MANKIND from the evolution of insane men(gays)

    Important things to remember:
    1. all gays are insane (definitely no intelligent one from them)
    2. all gays claimed rights is the right of all woman.
        (F(&#K all those woman who support them also goes to LEAr SALONGAn)
    3.a man becomes gay when his IQ goes below 40% and EQ under 45%.
    4.a gay will never do anything right for us, all just a show just to be one.(get it!)
    5.there is no discrimination to gays, cause the right of a woman is not for them!
    6.they say i hate gays, SO! only real man does. 
    7. It’s time to start stopping them, or else they’ll be able to climb the gov’t tree in the philippines and post a gay president. they now controlled movies, tv’s, radio’s, print’s, and congress.

    you can contact me @ jhongonzalesjr@yahoo.com if anyone can contact or reach miriam quiambao tell her to contact me, she’ll be in a hot seat for her tweets, but do keep it up i’ll help you insantly.

      

  • http://www.facebook.com/jhongonzalesjr Jhon Gonzales Jr.

    ye ye got it keyboard error 

    help her out INSTANTLY! 

    ok

  • magsasakasanayon

    they don’t discriminate against men who want to be miss universe contestants and yet they discriminate against mothers. time to boycott this pageant.

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