GLAAD Responds to Miss Universe Organization’s Statement on Jenna Talackova

by: The Qu

GLAAD, the nation’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy and anti-defamation organization, today responded to the Miss Universe Organization’s decision to allow a transgender contestant to compete after she was disqualified from the Miss Universe Canada competition last month.

GLAAD contacted the Miss Universe Organization last week after Jenna Talackova was disqualified and called on the Miss Universe Organization to review Jenna’s case, as well as open the competition to transgender women.

The Miss Universe Organization said in a statement tonight: “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.”

GLAAD will continue working with The Miss Universe Organization to review current policies and update for full inclusion of transgender women.

“The Miss Universe Organization made the right decision and has taken an important first step,” said GLAAD spokesperson Herndon Graddick. “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,” said Graddick.

Note: This piece was originally featured on The Qu and has been reposted with permission. You can find the original here.

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One response to “GLAAD Responds to Miss Universe Organization’s Statement on Jenna Talackova

  1. This just seems like yet another GLAAD over-reach. Yeah, it’s great if the beauty contest wants to welcome transwomen, but I don’t think we need to condemn them too much if they don’t. I don’t see why they need assistance from advocacy groups to make a call. It’s not like the Beauty Pagent some kinda club that welcomes any woman- It’s a contest between freakishly model-pretty, talented, not-necessarily-science/history-buffs-but-good-at-giving-pat-charming-answers-to-topical-questions women. Nothing to get your panties in a twist over, & if you want you can always start your own pageant. I’d like to see GLAAD focus more on keeping trans people from being killed & fired etc. than worrying about whether or not we get to be voted Man of the Year in People or if South Park uses the word “faggot” to refer to motorcycle riders after consistently humorously promoting gay rights for 16 straight seasons. But whatever, rock on to the transwoman, you know she worked harder for that body than anyone else, go get your crown, flowers, & mall openings, grrrrl! =D

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