The Miss Universe competition is about to get more, well universal.
After the highly publicized booting (and reinstatement) of transgender contestant Jenna Talackova from the Miss Universe Canada competition, the Donald Trump-run competition—in cahoots in GLAAD—has announced a new policy welcoming all transgender women to compete.
“For more than two weeks, the Miss Universe Organization and Mr. Trump made it clear to GLAAD that they were open to making a policy change to include women who are transgender,” GLAAD said in a statement. “We appreciate that he and his team responded swiftly and appropriately. The Miss Universe Organization today follows institutions that have taken a stand against discrimination of transgender women including the Olympics, NCAA, the Girl Scouts of America and The CW’s America’s Next Top Model."