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. Charles manson

    Wow!! It just goes to show you women have lost their importance and men have lost their manhood!!

    April 14, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. chrissy

    @ mary, and you and philip are like a couple rabid pitbulls! All you do is attack people that dont think like you. You spread your venomous hatred on here day in & day out. Then YOU troll our names and spread some more. Then what? The bible made me do it?

    April 14, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    @ mary, same here. No one needs you to make their life complete either. In fact its quite peaceful on here when the two of you arent attacking banasy & spreading your warped brainwave activity publicly! And another fact, philip was decent til he met you!

    April 14, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    @ mary, you only have one friend, or have you lied so much that you forgot telling us that! And yes you do troll our names, and make up others. Theyve been tracked to your ip addy! Or do you have an evil twin in your house?

    April 14, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Supreme Allied Commander of All Trolls

    The puppet master is pleased.

    April 14, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    @ banasy's troll:
    If you want to hijack banasy, invest in a spelling course or a computer program.

    April 14, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ♚Mmmmm♛

    so according to your warped logic:

    ...a petri dish is a 6x ual organism.

    ...a women who has a hysterectomy is a man.

    ...the male diaper bomber is now female.

    April 14, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  8. chrissy

    Lol just as i thought, spread evil than spout bible and call it good! YOU ARE A HYPOCRIT! And each and every time you start it!

    April 14, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ♚Mmmmm♛

    jenna is a dude-man...and she punch like a dude....

    April 14, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  10. chrissy

    @ mary, ive been trying to figure out how people are able to troll for over a year. They must have a ton of email addresses. I have only one.

    April 14, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ♚Mmmmm♛

    lol....get the watergun and pelt 'em with balls if yarn...

    April 14, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  12. chrissy

    lmao tori isnt your friend, bobcat tolerates you, you ran off hope by trollin her and daffle and mitch are you! Good, go back to your delusional world! And leave banasy alone, little nitwit girl!

    April 14, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  13. hormones

    Hormones introduced to an unborn fetus during it's development casuses confusion among dna, resulting in people confused about their se /xual orientation. Lab proven so don't argue.

    April 14, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • ♚Mmmmm♛

      incorrect...not gene either has been detected...h0 m0's been around long before the advent of industry and chemical pollution and birth control is one of immorality and of conscious decision.

      April 14, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ♚Mmmmm♛'s reow! reow!...not meow

    April 14, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  15. hormones

    Since 1994, all of US have been on hormone and steroid therapy. (The Meat and Dairy Farmers association bribed select congressmen, who then reversed laws banning the use of steroids and hormones in meat and dairy products) This has resulted not only an nationwide obesity epidemic that has even spread to our children, but also in children being confused about who they are, what their orientation is.

    April 14, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • ♚Mmmmm♛

      no...again not is the sinful behaviors of the fathers passed to the next generation...also poor formation of ones conscious...also the removal of god, his statues, and decrees from family, schools, and community...also a hatred, disdain and disregard for life pillars of the community: family, marriage, and church...promotion of illicit rhetoric over holy texts and oral traditions...

      April 14, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
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