Published On: Tue, Nov 8th, 2022

Why the Hell Would a Beauty Pageant Ban Trans Women?

Transgender flags on the step to D.C.

Last week, a United States federal appeals court ruled that beauty pageant organizations can ban trans women from competing. The decision came after trans beauty pageant competitor Anita Green sued Miss United States of America LLC for violating Oregon’s anti-discrimination laws by refusing to let her compete.

In 2019, after she initially filed the lawsuit, Green told NPR that the Miss United States of America rulebook says only “natural-born females” are allowed to compete. “I don’t think someone shouldn’t be allowed to compete simply because they are transgender,” Green said. “I think that that’s very arbitrary. Transgender women are equal to cisgender women.”

The Mary Sue

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