Miss Universe Pageant To Allow Transgender Contestants To Compete, Is It Fair?

Soon there could be a new rule that allows transgender women to participate in the Miss Universe pageant. Advocates believe that this policy shift is a step forward for equality.

Pageant officials said they are working on the language of the official rule policy change but expected final word to come soon. However, the rules will have to be approved by Donald Trump, who runs the Miss Universe Organization, and NBC. Both Trump and NBC co-own the contest and have the final say.

“Everybody should be allowed to participate in every aspect of society,” said Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality. “Absolutely it’s good news, it’s another pernicious structural discrimination barrier taken down.”

This announcement of the policy change comes a week after the organization decided to allow Jenna Talackova to compete for Canada’s spot in the Miss Universe pageant this year.  Talackova is now allowed to compete for Miss Universe Canada pageant, now that the Miss Universe organization has tweaked the rule requiring a contestant to be a “naturally born woman.”

Talackova’s sex change initially led organizers in Canada to disqualify her from the 61st Miss Universe Canada pageant in May. Talackova pleaded with the pageant’s leaders to drop the rule and allow her to compete.

“I am a woman,” Talackova said last week. “I was devastated, and I felt that excluding me for the reason that they gave was unjust. I have never asked for any special consideration. I only wanted to compete.”

What do you think about the new rule? Should transgender women be allowed to compete in pageants?

 

  • Arnold Fallen

    IDK how I feel about this. Miss Talackova is gorgeous, no doubt, but there are tons of pageants for transexuals that celebrate them and their transitions into the beautiful women they’ve become and biological women cannot compete in those. What are the rules will be in place regulating plastic surgery and such? Will there be rules on post op vs. pre op transexuals entering?

  • India black

    First of all the pageant is for real again real women not fake ones, donald trump is wrong on so many levels jenna will never be a real women never ever thats a fact, jenna is still and will always be an everybody knows that im sorry but um just being real, jenna was born a man, so jenna needs to do a trangender pageant for him to be in, and leavethe real pageants to real natural born women,