Reverse the Unfair Disqualification of Jenna Talackova!
  • Petitioned Miss Universe Canada, Donald Trump

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Miss Universe Canada, Donald Trump

Reverse the Unfair Disqualification of Jenna Talackova!

    1. Petition by

      Oscar Dimant

      Brooklyn, NY

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April 2012

Victory

Jenna is back in the competition, assuming that she is legally female, which is probably a safe assumption. HOWEVER: The battle is won but the war isn't over. Jenna is back in, but future contestants who are trans* will have to be legally female in Canada, which requires surgery and documentation that not all women may have and that not all women may want. Furthermore, requiring a woman to have undergone a specific surgery is invasive and dehumanizing. Each person's body is no one else's business, and what surgery one has or hasn't had and what kind of genitals one does or does not have is private information. This is fantastic news for Jenna and a win for the LGBT and trans* communities, but we need to keep in mind that 1) other battles remain to be fought, and not all of the women are as beautiful and charismatic as Jenna is, but are no less deserving of support and 2) we need to protest invasive and dehumanizing rules policing people's genital configuations. Thank you all!

Ms. Talackova has been disqualified from the Miss Universe Canada contest solely for being transgender. This is discriminatory, unjust, and quite frankly disgusting. She is a woman and deserves to be treated as any other woman would be. What kind of genitals she was or was not born with (and even what kind of genitals she has today) is completely irrelevant. This petition is to get her reinstated as a contestant, since she was unfairly disqualified.

From the news story, cissexist corrections mine:

"She’s blond, 6-foot-1, and has the body of a goddess.

Vancouver’s Jenna Talackova was everything Miss Universe Canada was looking for when she was selected among 65 finalists for the 2012 competition, to be held in Toronto in May.

But the Donald Trump–owned beauty pageant confirmed Friday that the 23-year-old has been disqualified from the competition.

The reason, Talackova claims, is [that she is trangender].

“She did not meet the requirements to compete despite having stated otherwise on her entry form,” stated a Miss Universe Canada release issued on Friday.

“We do, however, respect her goals, determination and wish her the best,” it concludes, without specifying what requirements she did not meet.

Talackova set the blogosphere abuzz earlier this week after it was discovered she [is transgender].

Her profile and photos from the pageant’s website were subsequently pulled.

The statuesque blond told The Province Friday she needs to speak to her lawyer before taking part in interviews.

But Talackova has made statements online over Twitter about being “disqualified for being born.”

By March 18, she had apparently already been told by Miss Universe Canada her place in the competition was in jeopardy.

“Still waiting to know if I’m able to compete ... praying and fingers crossed,” she Tweeted that day.

Two days later, she got the news.

“I’m disqualified, however I’m not giving up,” she wrote, defiantly. “I’m not going to just let them disqualify me over discrimination.”

Responses to her plight posted online have been mixed.

Some have welcomed her inclusion in the competition, while others believe such pageants are for [cisgender women only].

Miss Universe Canada contestants must meet a basic requirement of being a Canadian citizen and between the ages of 18 and 27 to compete.

They also must not be married, pregnant, and have to fill out a more comprehensive form if they meet the basic requirements.

There is no mention of rules regarding sex-changes or cosmetic surgery.

Read more:

http://www.theprovince.com/news/Miss+Universe+Canada+disqualifies+Vancouver+based+transsexual+contestant/6352106/story.html"

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    1. VICTORY!

      Oscar Dimant
      Petition Organizer

      Jenna is back in the competition, assuming that she is legally female, which is probably a safe assumption.

      HOWEVER: The battle is won but the war isn't over. Jenna is back in, but future contestants who are trans* will have to be legally female in Canada, which requires surgery and documentation that not all women may have and that not all women may want. Furthermore, requiring a woman to have undergone a specific surgery is invasive and dehumanizing. Each person's body is no one else's business, and what surgery one has or hasn't had and what kind of genitals one does or does not have is private information.

      This is fantastic news for Jenna and a win for the LGBT and trans* communities, but we need to keep in mind that 1) other battles remain to be fought, and not all of the women are as beautiful and charismatic as Jenna is, but are no less deserving of support and 2) we need to protest invasive and dehumanizing rules policing people's genital configuations.

      Thank you all!

    2. Past 35,000!

      Oscar Dimant
      Petition Organizer

      Let's keep the pressure on!

      Miss Universe Canada and Donald Trump, over 35,000 people have stood up and said that they want Jenna Talackova back in the running. Please listen to us.

    3. Student petition protests transgender discrimination against a beauty queen

      Oscar Dimant
      Petition Organizer

      "That evening, Dimant went to change.org and opened a petition to "Reverse the Unfair Disqualification of Jenna Talackova." Dimant said that he didn't expect for the petition to get very much support, but when he woke up Monday morning, the petition’s count had already risen to over 20,000 signatures. As of press time, more than 31,000 people had signed Dimant's petition. Many who have signed have also left messages supporting Talackova's cause.
      "Jenna is legally and physically a woman," supporter Kaylie Clendenon wrote on Monday.
      "Her being trans represents that it was harder for her than most to get to where she is today, and that makes her the perfect Miss Universe contestant. How much do you think that those other girls, biological girls, had to struggle to become beauty queens? The majority of them were born as beautiful women, which is not something most humans can totally relate to.""
      More quotations from petitioners are here but I don't have space to fully quote them.

    4. Vancouver transgendered woman kicked out of Miss Universe pageant

      Oscar Dimant
      Petition Organizer

      "Marie Little, chair of the Trans Alliance Society, a group that promotes gender diversity in Vancouver, said she believes the incident is a “clear case of discrimination.”
      Little said Talackova is a “natural-born woman” because her brain was structured before her birth.
      “We are born this way,” she said. “It’s just an accident of birth that the body disagrees with the brain.”
      Women compete in pageants not just because of ego, but because of the prizes, publicity and the future employment opportunities such contest bring, she said.
      Keeping women like Talackova out of such events could hurt their future employment opportunities, she suggested.
      [...]
      “Jenna is overwhelmed, and deeply moved by the support she has received from around the globe,” said Richards. “But especially from fellow Canadians that have said how proud they would be if she represented Canada in the Miss Universe Pageant.”
      [...]
      She has Tweeted that she feels the support and wants people to sign the petition."

    5. Jenna Talackova out of Miss Universe Canada for being transgender

      Oscar Dimant
      Petition Organizer

      "Miss Universe Canada, which is owned by Donald Trump and feeds its winner into the Miss Universe pageant, selected Talackova to be one of its 65 finalists for the 2012 competition, which will see its crown awarded May 19 in Toronto. Eligibility requirements for various feeders into the Miss Universe system indicate that a contestant must be female and never have been married or pregnant. The rules for Miss California, which feeds into Miss USA and then into Miss Universe, include the broad requirement that contestants "must be of good health and moral character.""

    6. Jenna Talackova: [...] Online Support Grows

      Oscar Dimant
      Petition Organizer

      "Since news of her disqualification, a petition was created on the website Change.org in an effort to get organizers and Donald Trump himself to "Reverse the Unfair Disqualification of Jenna Talackova!"

      The petition stated that Talackova's disqualification "is discriminatory, unjust, and quite frankly disgusting." It also noted that she is a "woman and deserves to be treated as any other woman would be. "

      They are seeking 25,000 signatures and has received more the 20,000 as of 1 a.m. Monday."

    7. Transgender group slams pageant for turfing contestant

      Oscar Dimant
      Petition Organizer

      "Mara Keisling, the executive director of the Washington D.C.-based NationalCenter for Transgender Equality (NCTE), questioned the pageant organizer's motives.
      "It's straightforward. They made a decision that they want to discriminate against transgender women," Keisling told QMI Agency.
      "More and more people understand this person is a woman. There's nothing about her that should disqualify her."
      [...]
      Her photograph has since been removed from Miss Universe Canada's site, and the organization did not respond to QMI Agency's request an interview.
      According to requirements on the pageant’s website, “To qualify for the 2012 competition, you must be a Canadian Citizen and at least 18 years of age andunder 27 years of age by February 1st, 2012.”
      Keisling said she hasn’t found any broken requirements and it seems as if the pageant made rules up “on the fly” to disqualify Talackova."

    8. Miss Universe Canada organizers boot transgender contestant

      Oscar Dimant
      Petition Organizer

      "Denis Davila, the national director of the Miss Universe Canada franchise, told the Vancouver Sun that the contestant, Jenna Talackova, a native of Vancouver, British Columbia, wrote on her registration that she was born female. He suspected that she was born male and asked her about it earlier this month. She was dismissed that day.
      Davila said that the Miss Universe franchise requires that contestants be “naturally born female,” according to the Sun.
      [...]
      Those rules are not mentioned on the Miss Universe website, which states that contestants must be unmarried and 18 years or older.
      Mara Keisling, who heads the National Center for Transgender Equality based in Washington, D.C., told the Toronto Star that she questioned the decision.
      "From what I've read, it doesn't sound like they had any rules," Keisling said. "It seems like they made them up on the fly to disqualify her. It makes you wonder what they're afraid of.""

    9. We Broke 25,000!

      Oscar Dimant
      Petition Organizer

      Keep going!

    10. Reached 20,000 signatures
    11. Past 1,000!

      Oscar Dimant
      Petition Organizer

      Yes! Let's see how many signatures we can get!

    12. Reached 1,000 signatures

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    • Shane Broome TORONTO, CANADA
      • over 2 years ago

      This is unjust, unfair and quite childish, canadians should know better, it's so discrimatory theres not even words, being transgendered myself I could relate and she must have gone through so much to be that pretty, Jenna should be an inspiration to all, especially to those of the transgendered society, she has my full support and hope they reinstate her, lots of love Jenna Talackova

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    • Theresa Wall ISLA VISTA, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      I think a person's gender is as important to the end result in beauty pageants in this genre (which I'll call "life-sized Barbie") as is the contestant's religion (I don't think either is relevant.) What I do think is pertinent is how much the contestant enjoys the parading around in glitzy evening gowns, throwing kisses and making princess waves. I think the person who is best at doing those things is the person who should be the next Miss Universe Canada and is that''s one of Jenna's ambitions then the bigot who led the campaign to get her disqualified should be fired. I did not verify any backgrond provided by the petition starter, but it seems to me entirely possible the issue may nothing to do with "transgendered" but rather the reconstructive plastic surgeries may be perceived as unfair advantrage over the rest of us

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    • laura culver LISLE, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      Jenna is a woman and is with in the age limit for one , and being DISCRIMINATED against because of "Woman with a past" is down right rotten !!!!!

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    • Katrina Sock CIBOLO, TX
      • over 2 years ago

      Because gender isn't based on body hardware.

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    • KASS woods OTTAWA, CANADA
      • over 2 years ago

      that is the STUPIDEST thing ive ever heard.

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