Our class hasn’t really discussed in depth the issues and the struggles that gay, lesbian, transsexuals, and many others have to go through. Those who find themselves in these groups are often marginalized because like racial groups, they are also minorities. Many live in fear because there are others who feel that these people are not normal and don’t belong in our society. However, they are just like everyone else; they are humans, people seeking a chance to live a normal life in the lifestyle of their choosing. However, because they are seen as an “other” they are also deprived of many benefits and rights that “normal” people would get.
In recent news, a young transsexual woman was disqualified from the Miss Universe competition because she was not born a female. Now, the rule imposed by the members who run the competition specifically state that the women competing must be born a female. However, this young girl named, Jenna Talackova, argued that she is a woman and could prove it. Apparently, Talackova had a gender re-assignment surgery when she was only 19 years of age. After so, she got her birth certificate, passport, and license changed in order to emphasize the fact that she indeed was legally and officially a woman now. However, when the members of the Miss Universe competition found out that she was not born a natural woman, they told her she was no longer allowed to compete. Talackova believed that she was treated unfairly and with the help of attorney, Gloria Allred, told Donald Trump, who runs the competition, that he was out of line and that she was indeed a woman. After the story blew up and made headlines, Donald Trump agreed to allow Talackova to re-enter and compete as a woman.
Talackova fought individually for her rights as a transsexual, but for Talackova, it was not enough. She felt that Donald Trump owed her an apology for disqualifying her in the first place and treating her as though she had committed a crime. Donald Trump, on the other hand, has made clear that he will not apologize and that he has given her what she asked for. He gave her the chance to compete again and if she chooses to do so or not do so, he could care less. He was just following the rules set for the competition. Talackova is also asking that Trump eliminate the discriminating rule so that future contestants who are also transsexual be able to compete without having to prove their gender or feel uncomfortable with who they really are. Trump has not really said anything on whether he will eliminate the rule, but his attitude had made clear that he doesn’t care.
Talackova worked to gain individual rights for herself in order to compete in the Miss Universe pageant, however, she is now working to collectively attain right for future contestants.
I thought that this was indeed a very important issue to discuss. Talackova isn’t giving up her fight to have the rule eliminated and will work with her lawyers to prove that the rule is also discriminating. However, I think that Donald Trump won’t budge and could really care less. According to him, the issues that Talackova has brought up have just brought in more revenue from him. Donald Trump is just playing the role of the man in power, the man who doesn’t care and will not care for the rights of people who are being marginalized and discriminated against. They are a minority just like every other group who does not hold power.
On another note, I think it is very important to realize what others are saying. In one article I found, there was a pole where the question asked if Jenna Talackova should be allowed to compete. About 53% said no she should not and about 48% said yes she should.