Allow Trans Women To Compete In Your Pageants
The person in the picture above is me. My name is Jossy and I was assigned male at birth, which means I am a transgender woman. But, I just describe myself as a woman.
Last year I applied and was selected to be a finalist for the Miss Galaxy Contest, 4-7 February 2016. I was so proud to think that we finally live in a society that accepts transgendered women to this extent. But when I emailed to secure my place I mentioned this and was instantly informed I was no longer eligible to compete. They say they hadn’t spotted that I was transgender -- according to their rules you have to be born female to take part in the pageant.
I know that I am not the only one to have experienced this treatment. Routinely women like me are excluded from mainstream pageants because of the body that we were born in.
This needs to change. Excluding us is not only outdated and transphobic, but I am sure flies in the face of UK laws like the Gender Recognition Act 2004 and The Equality Act 2010.
Transgender women now have a prominent place in mainstream media, attitudes are clearly evolving and pageants like Miss Galaxy need to catch up. If transgendered celebrity Caitlyn Jenner can be named Woman of the Year, why can’t women like us have the chance to compete in these contests?
Rights for transgendered people have come a long way in the last few years, and petition victories like the one to move Tara Hudson to a female prison have played a big part in that. However we still have a long way to go before we live in a world where we are all treated equally, making a change to this industry can be the next step.
Please sign this petition and call on Miss Galaxy to allow ALL women to compete in their pageants.
- Miss Galaxy UK
Allow Trans Women To Compete In Mainstream Pagaents
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