Last month, Jenna Talackova was disqualified from the Miss Universe Canada pageant after it was revealed that she was a transgender woman. The Miss Universe Organization and owner Donald Trump received plenty of media backlash and ultimately allowed Talackova to participate in the pageant.
Now, officials have agreed to open the competition to all transgender women. Trump and pageant co-owner NBC have yet to sign off on the new policy, but it seems like things are already finalized. President of the Miss Universe Organization Paula Shugart said the decision came as a result of working with the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation advocacy group:
“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.”
GLAAD responded with an equally complimentary statement:
“At a time when transgender people are still routinely denied equal opportunities in housing, employment and medical care, today’s decision is in line with the growing levels of public support for transgender people across the country.”
So everybody’s happy! Now, let’s talk about those cheesy pageant gowns.