In the past few weeks, the Miss Universe pageant has been under fire for disqualifying Miss Canada from participating after it was revealed that she was transgender. Now, approximately a week after the decision, the organization is declaring that it is changing the rules and adapting a new rule that would allow transgender competitors to participate in the pageant. The rules will have to be approved by Donald Trump, co-owner of the Miss Universe Organizaiton and a strong supporter of Newt Gingrich of the Republican Party, which is not widely known for its openness toward sexual differences.
But now this decision is sparking conversations about whether beauty pageants need to be modified and if they are the best ways to promote the advancement of women and girls. Other questions this decision triggers include what other parts of society need adapting to create equality for all like politics, public offices, and educational roles. Advocates hope having this positive media publicity, like Miss Canada and Chaz Bono, will soon inspire other companies, organizations and people to stop discriminating against transgender people.
GLAAD’s senior director of programs, Herndon Graddick, told AP, “At a time when transgender people are still routinely denied equal opportunities in housing, employment and medical care, today’s decision is in line with the growing levels of public support for transgender people across the country.”
With these types of advancements, maybe one day everyone will learn to see people for who they are and not for what they are.