Miss Universe Canada beauty queen Jenna Talackova will be allowed to compete in the 2012 Miss Universe Canada competition on May 19 in Toronto.
The transgender 23-year-old was disqualified last week when the Miss Universe Organization discovered that the contestant from Vancouver was not a “naturally born female.”
Talackova has identified as a female since the age of 4 and began hormone therapy at age 14. She underwent gender reassignment surgery at 19.
The aspiring model turned to high-profile legal eagle Gloria Allred amid the firestorm of controversy and that move apparently paid off.
Donald Trump and his pageant organization have reversed their initial decision: “We 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.”
A GLAAD spokesman responded, “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.”
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