Courtney O’Donnell: Why I Did an About-Face and Boarded the Jenna Talackova PR Train

Jenna Talackova (Photo – Rueters)

THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — (From my article in The Huffington Post:) Transgender Miss Universe Canada contestant Jenna Talackova cracked the top 12 in the final night of the pageant. Although she didn’t win, I was rooting for her the entire way, because over the past few weeks I’ve come to realize that you can’t buy this kind of positive PR. And when such an opportunity comes your way, you’ve got to milk it for all it’s worth to win the hearts and minds of those wary of all things trans.

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Jenna Talackova (Photo – Rueters)

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8 replies

  1. That’s what visibility is all about; “winning hearts and minds.”

  2. The Miss Universe contest is for women, and Jenny competed as a woman, which should be the victory recorded. When you label her fore-most as transgender (the first word in the posting) you position her in terms of having been born male. The terms of the Miss Universe policy have not been disclosed but I doubt it embraces all people who might be crowded under the transgender umbrella term. hI don’t know how Jenny sees herself, or if she really had a choice once GLAAD steamed in and negotiated “transgender inclusion” before asking her (apparently their usual way of working), but I do know that a lot of women do not like GLAAD’s media guidance on such usage. It should be our own right to say how we wish to be labelled. Indeed, for some it is far stronger than a “wish”; perhaps a mark of the intensity of our dysphoria that led us to demand our rightful gender, and sex, as infants, and then to need to be seen as that sex only.

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