Transgender gets nod to compete in Miss Canada

Transgender candidate for Miss Canada, Jenna Talackova, is back in the running for the beauty title after the Miss Universe Organization decided she could compete, provided that she meet “legal gender recognition requirements of Canada, and the standards established by other international competitions.” While the statement didn’t go into details what these standards are, Talackova’s participation would be a landmark case. Previous rules by the Miss Universe Organization only allowed naturally born women to compete. Talackova says she knew she was a woman at age 4, started hormone therapy at 14, and underwent sexual reassignment surgery at 19.


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