23-year-old Jenna Talackova, a transgender beauty contestant who was disqualified by the Miss Universe Canada organizers, has won widespread sympathy and raised the question of whether or not the pageant has the right to decide who is female, AP reported.
Talackova is obtaining legal counsel and is expected to make a public statement next week.
Connie McNaughton, Miss World Canada 1984, called the decision outdated and discriminatory.
A Vancouver transgender activist, Jamie Lee Hamilton, said Talackova could sue for violation of her human rights because she "is being treated as a second-class citizen".
Prof. Patrizia Gentile of Carleton University said: "We're seeing more and more transgendered women wanting to be beauty contestants. The rule is incongruent with the culture."
(China.org.cn April 1, 2012)