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Miss USA 2012 Supports Transgender Rights

Olivia CulpoPost submitted by Eric Cameron, HRC Digital Media Specialist

Newly crowned Miss USA 2012 is a supporter of transgender rights.

Olivia Culpo – a 20-year-old cellist from Rhode Island – was asked, “Would it be fair if a transgender woman won the Miss USA title?” during the pageant’s final interview round.

"I do think it would be fair…” because “there are so many people who have a need to change for a happier life. I do accept that because I believe it's a free country."

The question followed the Miss Universe Organization’s recent decision to admit transgender contestants. After a controversial disqualification was overturned, Jenna Talackova competed for the Miss Universe Canada crown last month, where she finished in the Top 12 and earned the title “Miss Congeniality."

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