Locals united and started a petition to have Vancouver beauty pageant contestant Jenna Talackova readmitted into the Miss Universe contest.
Oh yeah, and it's because she's a transgender and was initially asked to leave the competition.
More than 30,000 signatures were collected in all, and yesterday it was announced that Talackova will be allowed to re-enter the pageant. Donald Trump, who runs the Miss Universe Organization, said to The Associated Press, "Probably, we’ll have to open it up from that standpoint… Because if it’s in Canada and if it’s in the United States in terms of their laws and if other countries don’t necessarily have those laws… it wouldn’t be fair just to take certain countries." Trump added that his pageant had followed Canadian and U.S. laws in deciding the matter. "The laws are very clear. So, based on that, about two days ago we decided to let her compete and we hope she does well."
Further reports have been released that the transgender beauty model has been having trouble working since the incident – several complaints were launched in LA recently (according to TMZ) after she and a camera crew were shooting on the rooftop of an LA hotel in view of some disgruntled diners at a nearby restaurant.
The Miss Universe Organization said it actually made the decision Monday to let Talackova compete to become Canada’s contestant. It said the 23-year-old could enter the pageant "provided she meets the legal gender recognition requirements of Canada, and the standards established by other international competitions." No further details were provided.
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