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Miss Universe Pageant Announces Its Decision on Transgender Competitors E! Online

After stirring up controversy by disqualifying a transgender woman from competing for the Miss Universe Canada title, the Miss Universe Organization has made its decision: From now on, transgender women will be allowed to compete, E! Online reports.

The move follows weeks of controversy over the disqualification of Jenna Talackova, who was born male, from the Miss Universe Canada competition.

The story reports: “In a joint statement, GLAAD and the Miss Universe Organization, which is owned by Donald Trump, said that they are ‘pleased to announce that after more than two weeks of discussions, the Miss Universe Organization is close to finalizing an official policy change that will allow women who are transgender to participate in its beauty competitions.’"

In the statement, Miss Universe Organization President Paula Shugart said: "We want to give credit where credit is due. And the decision to include transgender women in our beauty competitions is a result of our ongoing discussions with GLAAD and not Jenna's legal representation, which if anything delayed the process. We have a long history of supporting equality for all women, and this was something we took very seriously."

The policy change will reportedly take effect in time for the fall 2013 pageant, and apparently reverses the decision to disqualify Talackova.