A federal judge threw out a discrimination case on Thursday brought forth by an aspiring trans contestant in the Miss United States beauty pageant who was barred from participating due to her gender identity. Green came out as trans at the age of 18 and started participating in pageants by her mids. After becoming the first transgender woman to compete for the Miss Montana crown in , Green won the title of Miss Elite Earth Oregon in , a precursor to the Miss Earth pageant. Her success caused a representative for the Miss United States contest — a national competition that is separate from both Miss America and Miss USA — to reach out to her via Facebook that same year.
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The need for strong, independent local journalism is more urgent than ever. Please support the city we love by joining Friends of Willamette Week. The Miss United States of America pageant isn't breaking any laws by excluding transgender women from its beauty pageants, a federal judge in Portland ruled on Thursday. WW first reported on her lawsuit in District Judge Michael Mosman ruled today that the pageant had shown it was an "expressive" organization that seeks to promote a specific message, rather than one devoted to making money. And that means Miss United States of America can insist on its own definition of "natural born female," Mosman added. But there is no evidence that she can meet defendant's definition.
In a first, transgender woman competes in Miss Universe competition
Jenna Talackova born October 15,  is a Canadian model and television personality, who gained media attention in when she successfully waged a legal battle to be allowed to compete in the Miss Universe Canada after being initially disqualified for being transgender. Talackova was born and raised in Vancouver , British Columbia. She experienced gender dysphoria beginning in early childhood, and began her gender transition at age 14, while attending Vancouver's Killarney Secondary School ,  before completing her sex reassignment surgery at Talackova is currently a student of holistic nutrition.
MADRID — The first transgender woman to compete in the global Miss Universe pageant wants to make history as a role model for trans children around the globe — no matter whether she wins or not the top beauty title. The year-old Angela Ponce beat 20 other contestants in the Miss Universe Spain gala on June 29, qualifying for the global round of the pageant, which has allowed transgender participation since But Ponce is already planning to use it as a platform to draw attention toward high rates of suicides among trans teenagers, as well as legal codes that still discriminate against them around the world.