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Protests sweep Canada as Miss Universe kicks out contestant

Published time: March 28, 2012 10:04
Edited time: March 28, 2012 15:49
Transgender contestant Jenna Talackova was kicked out of Miss Universe Canada competition

Transgender contestant Jenna Talackova was kicked out of Miss Universe Canada competition

Throwing out a contestant of the Miss Universe Canada beauty pageant has caused a wave of protests of the LGBT community. The contest organizers apparently disqualified Jenna Talackova over being not a “naturally-born woman”.

­The decision of the beauty contest organizers caused a wave of criticism from Jenna’s fans and the LGBT community. Some 20,000 people signed a petition online calling for organizers to change their mind.

Talackova was chosen among 65 finalists to run for the Miss Universe Canada title, however was suddenly kicked out of competition. The organizers disqualified Jenna after they found out she had undergone gender reassignment surgery to become a woman.

The 23-year old blond model underwent the surgery at the age of 19 and apparently failed to mention this fact while applying for the contest as a participant despite the fact that the contest rules order the participants to be “naturally-born women.”

The official beauty pageant’s statement says Jenna does not meet “the requirements to compete despite having stated otherwise on her entry form."

"We do, however, respect her goals, determination and wish her the best," the organization statement says.

Enraged with her disqualification Talackova accused the beauty pageant of discrimination on her Twitter feed.

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