Update on Jenna Talackova

3 Apr

Great news!

The Miss Universe Organization released a statement, saying that they “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.”

Well Talackova is all female, so there shouldn’t be much issue with her meeting the ‘legal gender recognition requirements of Canada’.

After the news of Tackova’s disqualification broke a few weeks ago, GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) released a statement, saying “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.” They called on the Miss Universe Organization to review the case, which could very possibly be the reason for their change in decision.

Whatever the reason, the organization has taken a step in the right direction! Let’s just hope no more issues arise from this. Although that could be wishful thinking…

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