Transsexual rallies after Miss Universe disqualification
Published Monday, March 26, 2012 7:18PM EDT
VANCOUVER - A tall, blond and attractive transgendered woman kicked out the Miss Universe Canada pageant is urging her supporters to sign an online petition calling for her reinstatement.
Miss Universe Canada issued a brief statement last week saying Jenna Talackova of Vancouver, B.C., will not compete in the pageant because she didn't meet the requirements to compete, despite having stated otherwise on her entry form.
The six-foot-one-inch, 23-year-old beauty contestant is asking her Twitter followers to sign the petition, which maintains she was disqualified from the contest solely because she was born a male.
The petition, which already had about 22,000 signatures by Monday afternoon, calls the disqualification discriminatory and unjust.
During an interview for the Miss International Queen 2010 contest in Thailand, Talackova said she knew at a very young age that she was female and started hormone therapy when she was 14.
She says she went through gender reassignment surgery at 19.