PLEASE sign the petition on change.org to get Jenna Talackova, a trans woman who was disqualified from the Miss Universe Canada competition, reinstated.

snapshot of change.org petition

National Post | News

By Gordon Hoekstra

An online petition has been started to get transsexual Miss Universe Canada finalist Jenna Talackova of Vancouver reinstated.

The petition, which was started by a man in Brooklyn, N.Y., is being hosted on http://www.change.org, a for-profit company that says it aims to promote social change through online petitions.

The petition has more than 30,300 signatures toward the 35,000 goal.

“She is a woman who deserves to be treated like other women would be,” says the petition. “What kind of genitals she was born with [and even what kind she has today] is completely irrelevant.”

One petition signator argued that Talackova is legally and physically a woman.

“Her being trans represents that it was harder for her than most to get where she is today, and that make her the perfect Miss Universe contestant,” said the signator.

The Miss Universe pageant has acknowledged Talackova is not a contestant…

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About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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