Jenna Talackova: Miss Universe Canada pageant will allow her to compete

jenna-talackova-getty.jpgThe Miss Universe Organization has chosen to allow trangender contestant Jenna Talackova to compete, as GLAAD announces they are working with the organization to update their policies regarding transgender women.

"The Miss Universe Organization 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," says the Miss Universe Organization in a statement.

The "legal gender recognition requirements of Canada" are not spelled out, but if it's good enough for GLAAD, it must be good enough to allow her to compete.

GLAAD spokesperson Herndon Graddick says, "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."

Talackova was disqualified from the Miss Universe Canada pageant last month for being a transgender woman, but GLAAD called on the organization to review her case. She has yet to respond publicly to the news that she can compete if she so chooses.

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