Joanna Schroeder has her fingers crossed that Donald Trump, who co-owns the Miss Universe pageant, will agree to allowing Talackova to participate in the contest.
The Huffington Post reported yesterday that transgendered woman Jenna Talackova may very well be allowed to participate in the Miss Universe Pageant:
A rule change that would allow transgender women to participate in the Miss Universe beauty pageant next year is a step forward for equality, advocates said Tuesday after pageant officials announced the policy shift.
Pageant officials said they are working on the language of the official rule policy change but expected final word to come soon. The rules will have to be approved by Donald Trump, who runs the Miss Universe Organization, and NBC. Trump and NBC co-own the contest…
Talackova’s sex change initially led organizers in Canada to disqualify her from the 61st Miss Universe Canada pageant in May, citing a rule that she must be “naturally born” a woman.
Talackova pleaded with the pageant’s leaders to drop the rule.
“I am a woman,” Talackova said last week. “I was devastated, and I felt that excluding me for the reason that they gave was unjust. I have never asked for any special consideration. I only wanted to compete.”
C’mon Mr. Trump… I know you’ve got it in you!