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Miss Universe Organizers Now Allows Transgender Contestants to Join their Pageant

Written on April 11, 2012 by Avlya Jaie

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The Miss Universe organization recently got involved in a controversy involving Transgender beauty queen Jenna Talackova

After figuring in a controversy involving transgender beauty queen , who got rejected from joining Canada because she was born a male, the Miss Universe organizers now allows all transgender contestants to join their . Talackova sought the help of the , Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against ().

Miss Universe organizers initially disqualified Talackova from joining the , but now has lifted the ban. Miss Universe President Paula Shugar released a statement in GLAAD’s website saying:

“We want to give credit where credit is due, and the decision to include transgender women in our beauty competitions is a result of our ongoing discussions with GLAAD … We have a long history of supporting equality for all women, and this was something we took very seriously.”

This decision definitely has drawn mixed reactions from many Miss Universe fans. Former beauty queens and contestants of the Miss Universe pageant have expressed their disdain using their twitter accounts, while gay advocates are overflowing with happiness over the change of heart of the pageant organizers.

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