Spain’s Angela Ponce will grace the stage at this year’s Miss Universe pageant, as the first transgender [man] to compete for the crown — and the 26-year-old has President Trump to partially [responsible] for the opportunity. . .
Ponce’s participation comes six years after the Miss Universe organization lifted its ban on transgender contestants. Back in 2012, now-US President Donald Trump owned the franchise, and sided with LGBTQ advocacy group GLAAD when transgender contestant Jenna Talackova sued in order to participate.
GLAAD spokesperson Herndon Graddick said at the time that “The Miss Universe Organization and Mr. Trump made it clear to GLAAD that they were open to making a policy change to include women who are transgender.
“We appreciate that he and his team responded swiftly and appropriately. The Miss Universe Organization today follows institutions that have taken a stand against discrimination of transgender women including the Olympics, NCAA, the Girl Scouts of America and The CW’s America’s Next Top Model.”
Over the weekend, Ponce won her country’s qualifying contest, beating out 22 other contestants. The beauty queen wrote on Instagram, “Bringing the name and colors of Spain before the universe is my great dream. My goal is to be a spokesperson for a message of inclusion, respect and diversity not only for the LGBTQ+ community, but also for the entire world.” (Read more from “Transgender ‘Woman’ to Compete in Miss Universe – and You Might Be Surprised at Who Made It Possible” HERE)