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Miss Spain becomes first openly lesbian national beauty queen

Monday, August 25, 2014
Patricia Yurena
Miss Spain has revealed she is in a lesbian relationship, becoming the first openly gay national beauty queen. Patricia Yurena, 24, revealed in an Instagram photo that she is in a relationship with singer Vanesa Cortes. The image was captioned "Romeo and Juliet." [...]

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Miss Universe: Transgender contestants should have their own pageants

Thursday, November 14, 2013
Pavel Golovkin, APGabriela Isler of Venezuela is crowned Miss Universe on Nov. 9, 2013 in Moscow, Russia.
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. [...]

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

Thursday, October 17, 2013
Thomas Roberts
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." [...]

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Miss Universe pageant rejects call to move competition out of Russia

Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Miss USA Olivia Culpo is the reigning Miss Universe, crowned in 2012.
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. [...]

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

Thursday, August 15, 2013
Andy Cohen
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. [...]

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

Friday, July 5, 2013
Sheena Monnin
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. [...]

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First transgender contestant to compete for Miss California USA crown

Friday, January 11, 2013
Kylan Wenzel
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 [...]

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

Monday, December 24, 2012
Sheena Monnin
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. [...]

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Pageant: Miss Pennsylvania gave up crown over transgender contestants

Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Sheena Monnin
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. [...]

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

Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Jenna Talackova
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. [...]

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