A transgender woman named Jenna Talackova has been slated to compete in the Miss Universe Canada Pageant as a finalist for weeks now. Her inclusion and dominance in the competition was considered a triumph for the LGBT community and especially signaled a level of trans acceptance that no beauty pageant had ever achieved.

However, on Friday, the powers that be at the pageant declared that “She did not meet the requirements to compete despite having stated otherwise on her entry form,” and kicked her out of the running. In other words, in spite of the fact that Talackova has been living as a woman for quite some time and had gender reassignment surgery in 2010, the contest does not consider her a legitimate female.

Perhaps it should come as no surprise that a beauty pageant would hold fast to gender norms, but LGBT groups and Talackova herself are calling the decision groundless and unfair. They argue that because she identifies as a woman the pageant’s decision is nothing more than discrimination.

The pageant, which is owned by Donald Trump, has yet to remark further on its decision, only wishing her the best and presumably deciding that it’s their pageant and they can eliminate who they want to.

Yet Talackova was such a strong competitor and is only being punished for revealing that she was born as a male — isn’t that the very essence of discrimination? Or should the pageant have the right to only allow women who were born female compete?

What do you think?

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  • chanela

    hell they might as well be born men. most of the women in those pageants are so knifed up they look like like transsexuals anyway!

  • Trish

    I dont think its right that their judging her based on the gender she was before.obviously she wasnt happy in a males body, what she does shouldnt be for the whole world to know its called privacy.i think she had a chance in winning this pagent.For everyone to judge her bcause of her sex or the sex used to be i really dont think its important specially if its from the past all that should matter now is shes a happy woman wanting to compete but judgemental people dont understand and only take in the negative which is the real gender of that beautiful girl.thats wrong and unneccisary.

    • Ocean Breezy

      I dont think its right that their judging her based on the gender she was before – She isn’t being judged on the gender she was before.

      The rules state that one must be a natural born female to compete. She is not a natural born female and she lied on her application.

  • Ms. Information

    I’m gonna enter my dog into a beauty contest and try to pay off these damn student loans…if they don’t let him enter, it’s straight Species Discrimination…

  • I’m just wondering if she was born with both parts, because why else would parents urge a 4 year old to become a different gender? I could empathize with ‘her’ had ‘she’ been born that way, and just chose which gender ‘she’ wanted to be, because people born that way can’t help it.

  • P

    Not because i identify myself from harvard, doesnt mean that I am a harvard alumnus. Not because a guy identifies himself as a woman does that make him so.