Transgender Miss Universe Contestant Can Participate, But Debate Continues

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Initially barred from competing in Canada’s Miss Universe pageant, transgender beauty queen Jenna Talackova is now allowed to participate, but she’s not letting the contest’s sponsor slide.

Donald Trump’s organization, which owns the Miss Universe and Miss USA pageants, announced Monday it would allow Talackova, 23, to compete. But the contestant’s high-profile lawyer Gloria Allred took to press this week to push the envelope.

Trump’s company issued a statement allowing Talackova “to compete in the 2012 Miss Universe Canada pageant provided she meets the legal gender recognition requirements of Canada, and the standards established by other international competitions.”

Allred and Talackova called the statement issued by one of Trump’s representatives “confusing,” according to ABC News. The contestant wants the eligibility rules dropped and Allred has called it a “Trumped-up rule.”

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