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Tuesday
Apr032012

Transsexual Canadian Beauty Queen Asks Trump to Eliminate Miss Universe Rule

FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Jenna Talackova, the Canadian transsexual beauty queen, is asking that Donald Trump eliminate the rule that Miss Universe contestants must be naturally born females.

"I want Mr. Trump to state that this rule will be eliminated because I do not want any other woman to suffer from the discrimination that I have endured," Talackova said during a press conference Tuesday.

"I have never asked for special consideration. I only wanted to compete," Talackova said.

Talackova was originally disqualified from the 2012 Miss Universe Canada competition because she was not a "naturally born female," according to Gloria Allred, Talackova's attorney. Talackova was born a male but had sexual reassignment surgery at age 19.

"Mr. Trump, admit that you are wrong and get rid of your Trumped-up rule," Allred said during the press conference.

"She [Jenna] did not think for one moment that what she looked like at birth would be relevant. She did not ask Mr. Trump to prove that he is a naturally born man," Allred said.

The Trump organization announced Monday that it will not attempt to keep Talackova out of the competition.

"The Miss Universe Organization will allow Jenna Talackova to compete in the 2012 Miss Universe Canada pageant provided she meets the legal gender recognition requirements of Canada, and the standards established by other international competitions," Michael D. Cohen, Trump's executive vice president and special counsel, said in an email.

But this statement was not enough for Talackova and Allred, who called it "confusing."

"It isn't just about her being able to compete," Allred said. "It's about the elimination of the rule for others. Jenna is standing up for others, not just herself."

Trump's organization issued a statement saying, "Gloria Allred's statements to the press today pay no mind to the fact that Mr. Trump and the Miss Universe Organization made the fair and just decision in allowing Jenna to compete in the Miss Universe 2012 Canada pageant.

"Pageant rules have been modernized to ensure this type of issue does not occur again. Gloria's arguments were made moot by the decision rendered yesterday.... Like all the contestants, Mr. Trump wishes Jenna the best of luck in her quest for the crown."

Although Trump's original statement says that Talackova may compete, she and Allred avoided questions during the press conference of whether she will compete if the rule is not eliminated.

The blonde beauty's birth certificate, passport, and driver's license all reflect that she is a woman, Allred said during the press conference. They believe that should be enough for the competition.

The beauty queen has not tried to hide her past. In a 2010 YouTube video for Miss International Queen, a transgender/transsexual competition in which Talackova was a contestant, she stated that she began hormone therapy at age 14. At 19, she had sexual reassignment surgery.

The crown for Miss Universe Canada will be awarded May 19 in Toronto.

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Monday
Apr022012

Trump Won’t Bar Transsexual Beauty Queen from Shot at Miss Universe Canada Title

Mike Stobe/Getty Images(TORONTO) -- Jenna Talackova, the Canadian beauty queen, won’t have to fight Donald Trump for a chance to compete for the Miss Universe Canada title after all, even though she was born a he.

Talackova is everything you think of when you hear the words “beauty queen.” With her bright smile, flowing blonde hair and viciously long legs, you can’t deny she’s stunning.

But Talackova, 23, was first disqualified from the Miss Universe Canada competition because she was born a male, according to CTV. Talackova was originally selected as one of 65 finalists for the Donald Trump-owned competition, and her profile and photos were pulled from the Miss Universe Canada website.

But the Trump organization has reversed its decision, announcing Monday that it won’t attempt to keep Talackova out of the contest.

“The Miss Universe Organization will allow Jenna Talackova to compete in the 2012 Miss Universe Canada pageant provided she meets the legal gender recognition requirements of Canada, and the standards established by other international competitions,” Michael D. Cohen, executive vice president and special counsel to Donald Trump, said in an email.

The Miss Universe Canada website states that to enter, women must be a Canadian citizen and between the ages of 18 and 27. If basic requirements are met, they are asked to fill out a longer application form. The form does not mention any rules against sexual reassignment surgery.

Talackova and her attorney, Gloria Allred, had scheduled a news conference for Tuesday in Los Angeles to discuss “why Jenna should be permitted to compete and what action [Allred] plans to take in the United States on behalf of Ms. Talackova if the Miss Universe Pageant refuses to change its discriminatory rule.”

The blonde beauty has not tried to hide her past. In a 2010 YouTube video for Miss International Queen, a transgender/transsexual competition in which Talackova was a contestant, she states that she began hormone therapy at age 14. At 19, she had sexual reassignment surgery.

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A petition was started on Change.org asking Miss Universe Canada to “reverse the unfair disqualification of Jenna Talackova.” The petition was signed by tens of thousands of people.

Other fans have flocked to Facebook and Twitter to express their feelings over Talackova’s disqualification.

“Disgraceful. This is flat-out discrimination,” one fan commented on the Miss Universe Canada Facebook page.

“@JennaTalackova should NOT have been disqualified from @MissUniverse! Beautiful is beautiful. Down with discrimination,” one fan tweeted.

But reactions to Talackova’s story have been mixed.

“If she never stated on her application such detail, I support this decision,” one Facebook user posted to the Miss Universe Canada page.

This isn’t the first time a transgender woman has been disqualified from a competition. In 1976, Renèe Richards, a professional American tennis player who had sexual reassignment surgery to make her a woman, was denied entry into the U.S. Open by the United States Tennis Association unless she agreed to chromosomal testing. The USTA cited an unprecedented, women-born-women policy. Richards took her case to the New York Supreme Court, which ruled in her favor in 1977, allowing her to play as a woman.

The crown for Miss Universe Canada will be awarded May 19 in Toronto.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Mar282012

Trump Sons' Hunt Not Under Investigation, Zimbabwe Officials Say

Mitchell Haaseth/NBC(NEW YORK) -- Donald Trump's sons aren't in trouble with officials in Zimbabwe for their 2011 hunting expedition in the country.

It was reported last week that local conservationsts were investigating Donald Trump Jr. and his brother Eric's trip in part because the South African safari company that organized it allegedly is not registered in Zimbabwe.

However, the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority released a statement Tuesday saying there never was an "official investigation." It says the firm the Trump sons used worked with a "locally owned and registered outfitter who handled all the required hunting permits."

The authority also says the hunt was conducted under the supervision of its game rangers.

Animal lovers on Twitter criticized the Trump sons for their trip after photos of the two posing with animals they killed went viral earlier this month.

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Tuesday
Mar132012

Donald Trump's Sons Criticized for Hunting in Zimbabwe

Mitchell Haaseth/NBC(NEW YORK) -- Recently released photographs of two of Donald Trump’s sons with dead animals from a Zimbabwean hunting safari last year have sparked criticism from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and Twitter users.

One photograph shows Donald Trump Jr., 34, and brother Eric, 28, standing around a dead crocodile, which is hanging from a tree by a rope.

Another photo shows one brother, wearing a belt of ammunition, holding a knife in one hand and a bloody elephant tail in the other. The dead elephant is lying on the ground beside him.

PETA spokesman Nicole Dao said in a statement, “If the young Trumps are looking for a thrill, perhaps they should consider skydiving, bungee jumping, or even following in their anti-hunting father’s footsteps and taking down competing businesses – not wild animals. Like all animals, elephants, buffalo, and crocodiles deserve better than to be killed and hacked apart for two young millionaires’ grisly photo opportunity. If the Trumps want to help villagers, they have plenty of resources at their disposal.”

The businessmen brothers work for their father’s Trump Organization real estate empire. Their representative did not return a call for comment.

In a joint statement, however, the brothers said, “We are both avid outdoorsmen and were brought up hunting and fishing with our grandfather, who taught us that nothing should ever be taken for granted or wasted. We have the utmost respect for nature and have always hunted in accordance with local laws and regulations. In addition, all meat was donated to local villagers who were incredibly grateful. We love traveling and being in the woods. At the end of the day, we are outdoorsmen at heart.”

Donald Trump Jr. defended himself against the flood of criticism on Twitter, insisting that the meat from the animals they hunted “fed a village for a month.”

In response to accusations that the two men mutilated the animals, Donald Trump Jr. tweeted, “@imyourlawyer mutilating a corpse? A villager cut the tail off as part of their traditions from the old ivory hunters I went with it.”

Many people accused the men of hunting exotic animals that wildlife conservation groups are working hard to protect.

“@EspresStilettos if u knew anything about it you would realize nothing we hunt is endangered that’s just how its spun by anti hunters,” Trump Jr. tweeted.

“@FollowSmoke in parts of africa they are actually overpopulated and killed by the govt. I know its not PC but look it up you’ll see,” according to another tweet by Trump Jr.

Trump Jr. wrote on Twitter that he did not release the photographs, and did not know who did.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Mar312011

Miss Dominican Republic Loser Says Title Winner Paid for Crown

Ethan Miller/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The president of the Miss Universe organization defended the group's handling of this year's Miss Dominican Republic competition amid accusations that the title winner paid for her crown.

Paula Shugart, head of the Miss Universe organization, which runs the Miss Dominican Republic event, said she has seen no evidence of improper behavior at the March 8 event.

"We pride ourselves on running a proper pageant," Shugart told ABC News. "We obviously take these kinds of claims seriously but we have heard nothing but great things about how the pageant was run."

Evi Siskos, a finalist for Miss Dominican Republic, claimed Wednesday that the winner, Dalia Fernandez, paid more than $100,000 to win the beauty competition. Siskos says she made the claims after reading tabloid stories in the Spanish-language press in the Dominican Republic.

"We started reading stories in the press that the crown was bought," she said at a press conference in New York. "We deserve an explanation."

Siskos' attorney, Jacob Oresky, pleaded with Donald Trump to investigate the claims. Trump is part owner, along with NBC, of the Miss Universe organization.

"Donald Trump is a fair man. He's very powerful. He should look into it," Oresky said at the press conference. "There are allegations that the crown was bought."

Shugart, the Miss Universe president, says she hasn't heard directly from Siskos or her attorney and has yet to see concrete details of the claims.

Oresky did not return calls seeking comment Thursday. Dalia Fernandez, who will compete in the Miss Universe pageant in August, has yet to weigh in on the payment accusations.

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