Miss Universe allowed transsexuals in the contest.
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Miss Universe allowed transsexuals in the contest.

Vancouver : WA : USA | Apr 11, 2012 at 9:26 AM PDT
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!!MISS UNIVERSE DISQUALIFIES (JENNA TALACKAVA) TRANSGENDER CONTESTANT!!

This was announced by the organizers of the present controversial event, property of tycoon Donald Trump. Since 2013, all participants may be entered freely regardless of their sexuality.

A man who has decided to change sex may participate in the Miss Universe next year as the event organizers announced Tuesday. This year they made ​​an exception and will let Talackova Jenna participate, a Canadian who had changed sex 4 years ago.

Contest managers said they are adjusting the language of one of its rules and expect to issue soon their last word. The selection process for contestants begins in mid-year.

The decision came five days after the organization. It stated that Jenna Talackova is able to compete in the contest this year. Talackova, a resident of Vancouver-born man, changed sex four years ago. The group defending the rights of homosexuals and transgender GLAAD asked the Miss Universe Organization to review the case and open competition to transgender women.

"We want to give honor to whom honor is due, and the decision to include transgender women in our beauty contests is the result of our dialogue with GLAAD," said Paula Shugart, president of the Miss Universe Organization. "We have a long history of supporting equality for all women and this was something we take very seriously."

On Tuesday, GLAAD praised the decision of the organization and work of Talackova to stay in the competition.

"Today the Miss Universe Organization is only institutions that have raised up against discrimination against transgender women, including the Olympic Games, the National Collegiate Athletic, Girls Scouts of the USA and the program America's Next Top Model on CW " said senior director of programs Herndon Graddick GLAAD.

"At a time when they have routinely denied transgender people equal opportunity to housing, employment and health care, today's decision is consistent with increasing levels of public support to transgender people in the country ".

The sex change by Talackova initially led to the organizers of the Miss Universe Canada to disqualify her in May, citing a rule that the candidates must be women "born by nature."

Talackova begged to scrap that rule.

"I am a woman," said the candidate last week. "I was devastated and felt that I was excluded for the reason you gave me was unfair. I never asked for any special consideration, just wanted to compete."

Donald Trump, director of the Miss Universe Organization, wished her the best of luck.

The official rules will be approved by Trump and NBC, co-owner of the contest.

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Miss Universe allowed transsexuals in the contest.
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Vicky247 is based in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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