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Video: Miss Universe Allows Transgender Contestant Jenna Talackova Back Into Pageant

| by Michael Allen

After banning transgender contestant Jenna Talackova, the Miss Universe Organization has reversed its decision and will allow her to compete in Canada's pageant, if she meets certain requirements (video below).

According to CNN, organizers will allow the 23-year-old into the May 19th competition if she meets “the legal gender recognition requirements of Canada, and the standards established by other international competitions.”

However, the Miss Universe Organization would not specify what the requirements were.

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLADD) praised the decision: “The Miss Universe Organization made the right decision and has taken an important first step."

Talackova was selected as one of 65 finalists for Miss Universe Canada, but was banned in March from the competition after lying about her undergoing sexual reassignment therapy.