Update: Fired Transgender Beauty Pageant Contestant Reinstated

Miss Universe Canada has agreed to allow back a transgender contestant after disqualifying her last week.

The moves comes after Jenna Talackova announced a press conference with the high-profile lawyer Gloria Allred, as well as an extensive backlash from fans of the pageant.

Pageant organizers had said that their rules were that contestants must be “naturally born female” and that Talackova was disqualified for lying on her application and breaking the rules. They now say she can compete “provided she meets the legal gender recognition requirements of Canada and the standards established by other international competitions.”

Allred had said that the press conference would discuss whether action would be taken in the United States against the Miss Universe Organization, which is owned by Donald Trump, if it refused to change its “discriminatory rule.”

A source told PEOPLE that the organization “is extending invitation/waiver to Jenna, and they’re working on full inclusion for future contestants for 2013.” The source adds that Talackova “has not returned any calls or emails and has not said if she’ll compete.”

In a video interview for the 2010 Miss International Queen transgender competition in Thailand, Talackova said she has known since age four that she was a female, saying she began hormone therapy at 14 and went through the surgery at 19.

Herndon Graddick, a spokesperson for GLAAD, said:

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.

Canadian anti-discrimination laws do not extend employment protections to transgender people. A bill to do that is currently before the Canadian parliament.

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Transgender Contestant Barred from Beauty Pageant

Trans Woman Sues For Alleged Police Harassment

Parents of Trans Kids: It Gets Better (VIDEO)

Image source: @JennaTalackova

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Victor C.
Past Member 3 years ago

First of all...I hate beauty pageants of all kinds!!!!They all promote the wrong idea of what is important.Children are often portraid as adults and sexual beings.I don't care what people say if a pedophile sees a child dressed ina provocative way it just makes matters worst.Second of all transgenders may not be natural females by some idiots standards but then again what beauty contestants are natural?They are just plastic if you ask me.They are all phony!What are we judging?Wether they are beautiful looking or beautiful spiritually?Because if it is just looks than most transegendered would win.They look more femenine and lovely than natural born women.If we are judgeing them by their spirituality than again they win because they have by far more of a deeper soul than these phony pageant girls!!!They have a deeper sense of what is truly important in life.If you disagree than Suck My Dixx!!!!!!!

Ken W.
Ken W.3 years ago


Miriam W.
miriam w.3 years ago

I despise beauty pageants anyway.it just promotes the very superficiality that leads to prejudice and bigotry.

Rose Becke3 years ago

Good news go girl

Andrew Carvin
Andrew Carvin3 years ago

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Heather G.
Heather G.3 years ago

Debbie D, in a comment to another article you say "people are people" but here you say that people who don't fit into either of your 2 narrow categories of gender are a different kind. So which is it??

Debbie Doyle
Debbie Doyle3 years ago

Heather G - OK in case I wasn't clear I mean, "men changed into women by surgical means and taking hormones to keep feminine attributes" kind. I used the word "kind" because what he has done to himself defies definition. I didn't mean it in any other way.

Heather G.
Heather G.3 years ago

"...be grateful for all the publicity he has given his kind" What "kind" is that? Human kind??

Debbie Doyle
Debbie Doyle3 years ago

This beauty pageant was meant for WOMEN!!!!! and WOMEN only. Not men surgically changed into women. Don't they have their own beauty pageant? Why make a farce of this one? Are there any originally born females lying to get into the drag queen competitions? And if so, don't you think that all the competitors there would not want a naturally born female in their drag queen pageant? The whole premise is sooooooo ridiculous no matter how you try to justify it - whether he looks good or not HE IS STILL A MAN - that can never change no matter how much surgery and make up and breast implants and female hormones he takes - and don't try and say that just because he's had his testicles removed he doesn't have the testosterone to be a man. He must have to be on hormonal therapy to keep feminine characteristics as his natural male born body wouldn't have female hormones at a high enough levels. Sheesh - this guy needs to just gracefully back out and I suppose be grateful for all the publicity he has given his kind.

Philip Amos
Philip Amos3 years ago

She is beyond doubt the most astonishing example of a transgendered person I've come across -- incredibly lovely and feminine. I am not a fan of these contests, but if there must be one, and one owned by the egregious Trump, America's Monopoly champion, she has the right to enter. And there are laws re this that trump Trump.