Miss Universe reverses decision and allows transgender woman back into competition

According to CNN, Miss Universe Canada decided to reverse its decision to disqualify a transgender woman who was a finalist in the competition.

In the statement Monday night, the Miss Universe Organization said Jenna Talackova, 23, said that she could participate in the competition provided “she meets the legal gender recognition requirements of Canada, and the standards established by other international competitions.” However, the statement did not elaborate on what the requirements were.

Talackova was disqualified from the Miss Universe Canada pageant on March 23 after the organization found out she was transgender. Her disqualification sparked a flood of critical messages on the Miss Universe Canada’s Facebook page. It also sparked a petition on change.org to reverse the decision. The petition received over 41,000 signatures.

 

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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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