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Pavel Golovkin, APGabriela Isler of Venezuela is crowned Miss Universe on Nov. 9, 2013 in Moscow, Russia.

Miss Universe: Transgender contestants should have their own pageants

Thursday, November 14, 2013
Gabriela Isler, the former Miss Venezuela who was crowned Miss Universe on Saturday, said she does not believe transgender contestants should be allowed to participate in the Miss Universe pageant. [ Read more → ]
Thomas Roberts

Thomas Roberts to host Miss Universe in Moscow to give LGBT Russians ‘hope’

Thursday, October 17, 2013
NEW YORK -- Thomas Roberts, an openly gay journalist and news anchor for MSNBC, announced Thursday he plans to host the upcoming Miss Universe pageant in Moscow, calling it a "huge, visible opportunity for LGBT people. Everywhere." [ Read more → ]
Miss USA Olivia Culpo is the reigning Miss Universe, crowned in 2012.

Miss Universe pageant rejects call to move competition out of Russia

Tuesday, August 20, 2013
The Miss Universe pageant has responded to a Change.org petition calling for this year’s pageant to be moved from Russia because of that country’s recently enacted anti-gay “propaganda law. [ Read more → ]
Andy Cohen

Bravo’s Andy Cohen will not travel to Russia to host Miss Universe

Thursday, August 15, 2013
NEW YORK -- Andy Cohen, an Executive Vice President at the Bravo channel and host of "Watch What Happens Live," says he is passing on hosting the 2013 Miss Universe pageant because he does not feel safe traveling to Russia. [ Read more → ]
Sheena Monnin

Judge OKs defamation ruling against anti-transgender Pa. beauty queen

Friday, July 5, 2013
NEW YORK -- A federal judge in New York has upheld an arbitrator's ruling that a Pennsylvania beauty queen must pay the Miss USA pageant $5 million for defaming Donald Trump's pageant organization after she allegedly disagreed with a decision to allow transgender contestants. [ Read more → ]
Kylan Wenzel

First transgender contestant to compete for Miss California USA crown

Friday, January 11, 2013
Among the 229 contestants competing for the title of Miss California USA will be Kylan Arianna Wenzel, a 26-year-old transgender woman from Century City, Calif. Wenzel will be the first ever transgender contestant after the Miss Universe Organization changed its rules in April last year — Miss Universe operates the Miss USA pageant, and the local pageants that determine the state delegates. [ Read more → ]
Sheena Monnin

Anti-transgender pageant contestant ordered to pay $5 million for defamation

Monday, December 24, 2012
A former Miss Pennsylvania USA, who gave up her state crown shortly after the Miss Universe organization announced its decision to allow transgender participants, has been ordered pay the pageant organization $5 million for defamation. [ Read more → ]
Sheena Monnin

Pageant: Miss Pennsylvania gave up crown over transgender contestants

Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Miss Pennsylvania USA has given up her state crown because she said the Miss USA pageant was fixed, but pageant officials refuted her claim, and said she quit over her disapproval of the organization's decision to allow transgender participants. [ Read more → ]
Jenna Talackova

New rules at Miss Universe: transgender women welcome in all pageants

Tuesday, April 10, 2012
The Miss Universe Organization on Tuesday announced that it is changing its rules and will allow transgender women to take part in all of its competitions starting in 2013. [ Read more → ]
Gloria Allred (left) and Jenna

Trump overrules rejection of transgender Miss Universe Canada contestant

Tuesday, April 3, 2012
U.S. businessman Donald Trump, owner of the Miss Universe Organization, on Tuesday overruled a decision by pageant officials, and said a transgender contestant will be allowed to compete in the Miss Universe Canada competition. [ Read more → ]
Jenna Talackova

Transgender contestant may be allowed back into Miss Universe pageant

Monday, April 2, 2012
A transgender beauty pageant contestant who was disqualified last week from the Miss Universe Canada competition after the organizers discovered that she had undergone surgery to become a woman, may be allowed to re-enter the competition if she can prove she meets the “legal gender recognition requirements," pageant organizers announced Monday. [ Read more → ]
Jenna Talackova

Miss Universe drops transgender woman for not being ‘naturally born’

Tuesday, March 27, 2012
A beauty pageant contestant has been disqualified from the Miss Universe Canada competition after the organizers discovered that she had undergone surgery to become a woman. Pageant organizers said that according to official rules, each contestant must be a "naturally born female." [ Read more → ]
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