Miss Universe Canada and Transphobia

Miss Universe Canada finalist, Jenna Talackova, was recently disqualified from the pageant for being male-assigned at birth or, according to the pageant website, failing to  "meet the requirements to compete despite having stated otherwise on her entry form". Talackova says she knew she was female since the age of 4 and started hormone treatment at 14. She considers her disqualification a human rights issue, and rightly so.

"All I can say is that they disqualified me because I am not 'natural born,'" she said in an email to the Vancouver Sun.




Miss Universe Canada and Transphobia

I read this and shook my head.  If Jenna was "good enough" to be a finalist, then what is the problem?  Would a contestant be disqualified because her parents weren't married when she was born?  Or because she wasn't a Canadian at birth?