Miss Universe transgender contestant to talk

In this image provided by Miss International Queen via YouTube, Jenna Talackova, of Vancouver, British Columbia, speaks during a video interview at the 2010 Miss International Queen Competition in Thailand. The transgendered blond that was kicked out of the Miss Universe Canada pageant is urging her supporters to sign an online petition calling for her reinstatement. ( AP Photo/Miss International Queen via YouTube, via The Canadian Press)

April 3, 2012 11:32:47 AM PDT
A would-be Canadian Miss Universe contestant is planning to discuss what action she'll take after being disqualified from the pageant because she was born male.Jenna Talackova plans to speak at a news conference Tuesday in Los Angeles with prominent attorney Gloria Allred. The 23-year-old underwent a sex change four years ago. The Miss Universe Organization has indicated the transgender woman might be allowed to enter next month's Miss Universe Canada pageant after all. A statement on the pageant's website says Talackova can compete provided she meets the legal gender recognition requirements of Canada, and the standards established by other international competitions. The statement does not elaborate. Organizers did not immediately respond to messages seeking clarification. The rule cited in the original disqualification says entrants must be "naturally born" females. (Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)