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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 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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Miss S.C. pageant gets its first openly gay contestant

Saturday, July 6, 2013
Jeffrey Collins, APAnalouisa Valencia holds up her official picture for the Miss South Carolina pageant before she teaches a gymnastics class in Spartanburg, S.C.
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Analouisa Valencia isn't the typical pageant contestant in a lot of ways. Her family doesn't have a lot of money, she is biracial and bilingual and, in what may be a first for the Miss South Carolina and its parent Miss America pageants, she is openly gay. [...]

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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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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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Transgender contestant may be allowed back into Miss Universe pageant

Monday, April 2, 2012
Jenna Talackova
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 [...]

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