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Jenna Talackova Finishes Among the Top 12 Semi-Finalists in Miss Universe Canada Pageant


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Jenna Talackova finished among the top twelve semi-finalists of the Miss Universe Canada pageant on Saturday, where she also took home a Miss Congeniality award. Talackova was originally disqualified from the competition because she is transgender.  Following several weeks of discussion with the Miss Universe Organization, GLAAD announced that an official policy change would allow transgender women to participate in its pageants in the future

This weekend, Jenna took the stage among the other 61 finalists in the Miss Universe Canada pageant in Toronto as the first openly transgender contestant to compete in the pageant.  She made it to the top twelve, following the swimsuit portion of the competition.  Egale Canada, a national LGBT organization was there live tweeting during the event.


While she may not have taken the title of Miss Canada, by entering the pageant and speaking out for equality, Jenna helped to remove barriers of discrimination faced by the transgender community.  GLAAD congratulates her on her achievement.

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