Transgender Woman Claims She Was Banned From Entering A Beauty Pageant
A transgender woman was allegedly barred from participating in a beauty pageant after judges discovered she was born male.
According to ITV, 29-year-old Jossy Yendall was accepted into UK beauty pageant Miss Galaxy.
However, when Yendall emailed the pageant organizers to confirm her participation, the judges noticed her application indicated she is transgender.
Yendall said they then disqualified her from the contest, claiming the rules dictate all participants must be “born female.”
After her disqualification, Yendall started a petition to persuade beauty pageant organizers to allow transgender women to compete. She wrote,
Yendall's petition secured close to 700 signatures since going live three weeks ago.
Citations: Transgender woman axed from beauty contest starts petition calling for change to rules (ITV), This Woman Says a Beauty Pageant Wouldnt Let Her Compete Because Shes Transgender (Cosmopolitan)