THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — [UPDATE April 2, 2012 – Talackova might be back in the pageant. See below.] Jenna Talackova, a 23-year-old A transgender contestant in the Miss Universe Canada competition got the boot for ‘not meeting requirements.’ Jenna Talackova of Vancouver, BC began hormone therapy at 14 underwent SRS at 19 and is now 23. Reportedly the organization’s rules state contestants must be ‘born female’. Talackova is said to be consulting a lawyer soon. Stay tuned.
Miami University of Ohio told trans man Kaeden Kass, a junior at the university that his attempt to be a resident adviser in an all-male dorm is a no-go. They did say he could be a RA in a female dorm though. Kass instead decided to file a discrimination complaint with the university’s dean of students for the male dorm position.
Kass: “Miami has made a commitment to honoring, valuing, and respecting diversity, and then I hand them a situation where they have a chance to practice what they preach, and they completely drop the ball.”
UPDATE – April 2, 2012 – A statement from the pageant: “The Miss Universe Organization will allow Jenna 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.”
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