Miss Universe

"El Gordo y la Flaca" talk show airs anti-transgender comments after death of Mexican trans woman and sparks protests

Angela Ponce will compete in Miss Universe this December representing Spain, and she happens to be transgender. Many pageant participants and organizers have been supportive, but those opposed to trans inclusion had the spotlight last week, including Lupita Jones, director of Miss Universe in Mexico and herself a former Miss Universe. Jones was widely quoted in Spanish-language media saying trans women should not compete, which prompted a trans activist in Mexico, Itzel Ávila, to create a video in response. Ávila died, reportedly by suicide, shortly after posting the video.

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June 6, 2012

Anti-Trans Miss Pennsylvania USA Resigns

Sheena Monnin, the reigning Miss Pennsylvania USA (who did not make it into the final sixteen of the Miss USA pageant this weekend) has resigned from her post, organizers say, because she disagreed with the pageant's inclusion of transgender women.
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