backs down. but following an outcry, he's decided to lift the ban on a transgender woman from entering his
competition. well, nbc's
has the latest. mike, good morning.
good morning, ann. well this dust-up over whether a transgender
can compete for one of the pageant world's top prizes is generating lots of publicity. no problem for
, of course. but for
lawyer. she is 6'1", statuesque and striking and until recently competed in transgender
talackova, a canadian, told a reporter for the pageant that she knew from the time she could think that she was not the male she was at birth.
i always knew since i was about like 4.
and i started my therapy and
when i was 14. and then i went through with the surgery when i was 19.
sex reassignment surgery
and her passport lists her sex as female. but talackova was disqualified from the upcoming
miss universe canada
pageant because she was not a natural-born female despite having stated otherwise on her entry form. an
drive by her supporters garnered 20,000 signatures and yesterday
miss universe organization
said she can compete provided she meet the legal gender recognition requirements of canada and the standards of other international competitions.
we need a clear answer. not a wimpy, wish washy type of answer.
later to tmz trump said it clearly.
we go by the law and based on the laws she's able to compete if she wants to.
trump has been
in other pageant controversies.
she made some very, very bad choices.
giving a second chance to
, after she became embroiled in a cocaine and underage drinking scandal. and that created trump's epic battle with
'donnell. on "the view."
there he is with the hair going, rosie --
and trump on "
rosie's been a loser for a long time.
and trump harshly criticized
runner-up. now it's
talackova, the first transgender to go for the
letting people know that she is proud of being transgendered, and certainly, i think, makes her a pioneer.
i have never asked for any special consideration. i only want to compete.
we should note that the misuniverse pageant is a
. the canadian
entry will be chosen at a pageant in may. trump says all this publicity has ramped up demand for tickets and his words know, that wouldn't be the worst thing in the world. big surprise there.
that's right. all right mike