Trump Trumps Miss Universe Transgender Bump

Miss Universe may be big enough to include Jenna Talackova after all.

Gloria Allred and transgendered Miss Universe Canada contestant Jenna Talackova meet the press.

Canadian model Jenna Talackova (R) and her attorney Gloria Allred hold a news conference in Los Angeles, California, where Ms. Allred argued that there was no need to view Donald Trump's anatomy to know what he was made of. (Photo: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters)

Allan MacDonell is TakePart’s News + Opinion editor, with a focus on social justice.

When he’s not spouting off about autism and childhood vaccines, Donald Trump can make some sense. For instance, when the topic turns to transgender beauty queens.

Allred pointed out that Ms. Talackova, a 6-1 Vancouver native, “did not ask Mr. Trump to see his anatomy to prove that he was male.”

The Miss Universe Canada Organization, a company owned by Trump, last Friday fired transgender pageant aspirant Jenna Talackova from its competition. Talackova had made the cut as one of 65 Miss Universe Canada finalists, but was presumably dumped on the technicality that she was not a “naturally born” woman.

Talackova’s beauty show dismissal caused a Twitter tempest, prompting a Change.org petition calling for Donald Trump to “reverse the unfair disqualification of Jenna Talackova.” The Internet squall attracted the attention and formidable resources of attorney Gloria “Media Savvy” Allred.

Tuesday, 23-year-old Talackova and Allred faced the press and responded to news that Trump’s Miss Universe Organization had given the go-ahead for Allred’s client to compete.

As reported by the National Post, the go-ahead came from an attorney for Mr. Trump:

“As long as she meets the standards of legal gender recognition requirements of Canada, which we understand that she does, Jenna Talackova is free to compete in the 2012 Miss Universe Canada pageant,” said Michael Cohen, special counsel to Trump.

“Nobody is capitulating. Rather the Miss Universe organization is respecting the laws of Canada,” Cohen told Reuters, adding that she, “like all the other contestants, is wished the best of luck by Mr. Trump.”

Allred pointed out that Ms. Talackova, a 6-1 Vancouver native, “did not ask Mr. Trump to prove that he is a naturally born man or...to see his anatomy to prove that he was male.”

The camera-ready lawyer conceded that Trump had “caved in a bit,” but insists that Trump will not be off the hook until the “naturally born” requirement is stricken from all Miss Universe entry requirements.

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