Jenna Talackova to Compete For Miss Universe Crown After All

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It looks like Jenna Talackova still has a shot at Miss Universe 2012.

The 23-year-old was disqualified from the competition just last week because she is a transgender woman, but the Miss Universe Organization has now reversed its decision.

Moreover, it's working with GLAAD to update policy on such issues.

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Announcing its decision to welcome her, the organization said in a statement it "will allow Jenna Talackova to compete in the 2012 Miss Universe Canada pageant."

The entry is conditional only in that she meet "legal gender recognition requirements of Canada, and standards established by other international competitions."

"The Miss Universe Organization made the right decision and has taken an important first step," said GLAAD spokesperson Herndon Graddick in response.

"Now, GLAAD urges the Organization to include all women and use this incident to speak out in support of the transgender community."

"So many women today do not have equal opportunities for employment, housing and safety simply because they are transgender."

GLAAD added, "The Miss Universe Organization should look to state non-discrimination laws and institutions including the Olympics, NCAA and The CW's America's Next Top Model, which do not discriminate against transgender women."

What do you think? Should Talackova have been disqualified?

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