From beauty pageants to college sports, transgender people break barriers
Jenna Talackova, right, and her lawyer Gloria Allred want the Miss Universe pageant to drop its "naturally born" clause.
April 14th, 2012
10:06 AM ET

From beauty pageants to college sports, transgender people break barriers

Jenna Talackova was born a man. She began the process of becoming a woman at age 14 with hormone treatments and then had surgery at the age of 19.

“I have always dreamed of being in the Miss Universe competition and having an opportunity to represent my country, Canada,” said the 23-year-old beauty contestant.  “I was told by representatives of the Miss Universe Canada Pageant that I could not compete because a rule stated that I had to be a naturally born woman,” she said.

The Miss Universe Pageant is owned by Donald Trump who, after much attention, changed his mind and said Talackova could compete. But, Talackova’s attorney Gloria Allred says, she and her client want the “naturally born” rule eliminated.

There are some pageants specifically for transgender women and transvestites, but Talackova wants to compete in mainstream pageants. Allred said allowing Talackova to compete but not changing the “naturally born” rule doesn't address the problem.

That rule has already been dropped from most sports from high school to the Olympics. Transgender people can compete in high school, college, the Olympics and the LPGA. The NCAA amended its transgender policy just last year.

“We met with several of our committees that deal with some of these issues and the main policy issues had to do with mixed team status and had to do with the use of banned substances - testosterone,” said Mary Wilfer, associate director of health and safety at the NCAA.

She said that after a year of testosterone suppression medication, a male becoming a female will lose a sufficient amount of male muscle-building strengths and other benefits of testosterone and therefore has no unfair advantage over other naturally born females when it comes to athletic competitions.

Nancy Hogshead-Makar is the senior director of advocacy for the Women’s Sports Foundation. The WSF was part of a group that helped form the transgender policies for the high school and college level.

“In high school it’s about gender identification. Whatever somebody says they are is what they get to participate in,” said Hogshead-Makar. The WSF took its policy for the NCAA from the International Olympic Committee’s policy that mandates that transgender women must be at least two years post-gender reassignment surgery in order to compete.

Another group that helped shape the NCAA’s policy is the National Center for Lesbian Rights. Shannon Minter, a transgender man, said it’s true that just because a woman was once a man, it does not make her a better or stronger athlete.

“There’s lots of women actually, transgender women now, who are competing in women’s sports. And you know, I will say that none of them are at the top of their field,” Minter said.

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  1. Mary

    Looks like Donald Trumps daughter. Doesn't she?

    April 14, 2012 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  2. RUFFNUTT (( dank smoking , beer drinking trailer trash from belton missouri ))

    just cause you chop your ding-dong off and flip it inside out doesn't make you a female..
    .

    April 14, 2012 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  3. RUFFNUTT (( dank smoking , beer drinking trailer trash from belton missouri ))

    anybody that hits that is technically going to be bumping pee-pee's..

    April 14, 2012 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  4. @banasy

    Shut the F up banasy....you are an complete loser with nothing left in life except sitting on your fat-ass in front of your computer, cramming food in your pie hole and pretending the other losers on CNN are your friends. You have no friends, you old hag.
    Nobody likes you.

    April 14, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
    • CenTexan©

      Yes, Banasy does have friends here. You'd do well to remember that.

      April 14, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  5. RUFFNUTT (( dank smoking , beer drinking trailer trash from belton missouri ))

    this probally goes back to when this guys was a kid...
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    the parents probally chopped the hot dogs into bite size peices...
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    and thats where the inception occured..

    April 14, 2012 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  6. RUFFNUTT (( dank smoking , beer drinking trailer trash from belton missouri ))

    @william females have ovaeries... and a womb.. and can reproduce...

    April 14, 2012 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  7. RUFFNUTT (( dank smoking , beer drinking trailer trash from belton missouri ))

    this is just like when people put a chevy motor in a pontiac firebird...
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    it's just wrong only a pontiac motor should be in a pontiac..
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    unless your talking about like a pontiac beamount which came from the factory with a checy motor in it..

    April 14, 2012 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  8. Bob

    Nobody cares about what you think.
    Moron.

    April 14, 2012 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
    • RUFFNUTT (( dank smoking , beer drinking trailer trash from belton missouri ))

      so you look at that and say... mmmm i'd like to get some of that?

      April 14, 2012 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  9. Mary

    @ RUFFNUTT (( dank smoking , beer drinking trailer trash from belton missouri ))
    The analogy is well received... here at least.
    Good morning.

    April 14, 2012 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  10. @banasy

    I advise the "blogger" at 10:45 to go on a diet and stop sitting in front of her computer all day because she truly has no friends. (unless you want to count your excessive cellulite as a friend)

    April 14, 2012 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  11. RUFFNUTT (( dank smoking , beer drinking trailer trash from belton missouri ))

    @william .. they are still males/and females,, but they are just completely worthless and serve no point..

    April 14, 2012 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  12. @banasy

    You are a fat loser.
    FAT. LOSER.

    April 14, 2012 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
    • CenTexan©

      You really to get out more....

      April 14, 2012 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  13. RUFFNUTT (( dank smoking , beer drinking trailer trash from belton missouri ))

    Jenna Talackova was born a man.. and obvioousely completely crazy...
    .
    when i go to the bathroom.. the last possible thought i have is..."man i should chop that off and flip it inside out.."
    .
    of course i've tucked it behind and looked at it.. but i love my ding-dong and so do most of the chicks in the trailer park...

    April 14, 2012 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • ♚Mmmmm♛

      lol...ru you're not a sweet jerk butta one sick cookie..,

      April 14, 2012 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  14. Mary

    NOt me at 11:02
    Do NOT drag me into this mess please.

    April 14, 2012 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  15. RUFFNUTT (( dank smoking , beer drinking trailer trash from belton missouri ))

    @banasy basher and fake mary... Jenna Talackova has more bal-ls that you...atleast use your real screen name coward....

    April 14, 2012 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
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