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Transgender Miss Universe Vs. Donald Trump

Jenna Talackova
Photo courtesy of Jenna Talackov/Facebook

UPDATE: According to TSM, Donald Trump is allowing Jenna Talackova to compete.


About a week ago, Miss Universe Canada officially announced that Jenna Talackova would no longer be able to compete because she did not “meet the requirements.” If you’ve ever tried to compete in the Canadian Miss Universe competition (who hasn’t?) you’d know that there are standards you need to meet: you must be between the ages of 18 and 27, you must not be married or pregnant, you must be born in Canada, and you must be female. Jenna sailed over most of those hurdles, but now there are accusations that Jenna lied on her entrance form. When Jenna’s paperwork made it to the big desks at the Donald Trump headquarters (Trump owns the pageant), questions were raised about whether or not Jenna Talackov was a Miss at all.

Jenna claims that she views herself as a “woman with a history,” and acknowledges feeling like a woman since the age of 4. Jenna began hormone therapy at the age of 14 and had surgery to complete the picture at the age of 19.

Talackova is set to have a press conference today where her attorney, Gloria Allred “will discuss why Jenna should be permitted to compete and what action she plans to take in the United States on behalf of Ms. Talackova if the Miss Universe Pageant refuses to change its discriminatory rule.” Many assume that the “action” would be an anti-discrimination lawsuit.

Yesterday, special adviser to Trump and Vice President of the Pageant, Michael D. Cohen sent an e-mail stating that “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.” This is a bit of a reversal to the original ban that was issued last week, but it is yet to be determined if Talackova will be able to walk the runway. What do you think should happen?

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