Miss Universe allows transgender candidate to compete in this year’s pageant; Former beauty queen Miriam Quiambao disagrees with decision

GMA News Online reports that on Tuesday, April 10, the Miss Universe Organization (MUO) announced that they had decided to reinstate Canadian candidate Jenna Talackova, a transgender woman, in the competition.

Jenna Talackova of Canada was born male but later underwent a sex change operation and, as such, is recognized as legally female in Canada. The data in her birth certificate and other documents have been amended to indicate she’s a female.

 

GMA News Online reports that on Tuesday, April 10, the Miss Universe Organization (MUO) announced that they had decided to reinstate Canadian candidate Jenna Talackova, a transgender woman,  in the competition. The report noted: "The organization also said that they are going to revamp the pageant rules to accommodate transgender women in the contest beginning 2013."

 

In the wake of the controversy, GMA News Online noted the reaction of former Miss Universe contestant Miriam Quiambao, who posted this message on her Twitter page on Wednesday, April 11: "In my humble opinion, transgenders should not be allowed to join the MissU because it’s only for REAL women." The report went on to quote Quiambao’s explanatory tweet: "I’m not judging gays/transgenders and I love them anyway but @MissUniverse should be for natural born women only."

 

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