After hiring Gloria Allred as her attorney in the decision by the Trump-organization to disqualify Jenna from the Miss Universe Beauty Pageant, they suddenly had a change of heart and are now reinstating her as a contestant. Citing in a brief statement posted on the Miss Universe Canada website, “organizers said Talackova can compete in the 2012 competition “provided she meets the legal gender recognition requirements of Canada, and the standards established by other international competitions.”
Marie Little, chair of Vancouver’s Trans Alliance Society, said Canada legally recognizes transgender women as women after they undergo surgery, are certified by their doctor, and complete proper documentation.
‘That’s what counts. They’re legally women,’ she said.
Little said the pageant rules specifying contestants should be a “naturally born female was poorly worded.”
I see this as a victory because thanks to online petitions, voices in objection to Trump’s previous ruling and the backing of attorney, Gloria Allred, this unjust decision has been overturned. However, I also see some hurdles that will still need to be jumped for future contestants. 1) requiring surgery 2) the view that “what counts is that one is legally a woman” and 3) what measures beauty?